Jennifer Van Os
Ph.D., Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, California, 2015.
B.A., Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2004.
I received my Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Animal Behavior graduate program at UC Davis. For my dissertation, I investigated how spraying cows with different amounts of water in hot summer weather affected their behavior, physiology, and production. In warm weather, dairy cows are vulnerable to overheating, which causes discomfort and production losses. Although spraying cows with water is an effective way to cool them, sprinklers use potable water - an increasingly scarce natural resource. My research findings have implications for improving dairy cow comfort in hot weather while using potable water efficiently.
I also conducted postdoctoral work in the Tucker lab examining topics such as the effects of muddy ground conditions on lying behavior and hygiene in dairy cows, the motivation of feedlot cattle to obtain dietary fiber, and validation of behavior and welfare data collection techniques. I am now a postdoctoral fellow with the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia.
For more information, please visit my website: www.JenniferVanOs.com.
To hear me talk about some of my research, check out these short presentations (slides with narration):