Ph.D., Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, California, (in progress).
M.S., Animal Biology, University of California, Davis, California, 2019.
B.S., Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2017.
My MSc research focused on innovative heat abatement for dairy cows utilizing more water and energy efficient technology. We found two methods that were more energy and water efficient than a typical approach in California, one using soakers and fans, and one convective cooling method. These were then tested on a commercial dairy. We also looked at using drool as an earlier indicator of heat load in dairy cows, which is supported by our data.
After spending nearly 2 years working for Cornell Cooperative Extension as a regional Dairy Management Specialist I have returned to the Tucker Lab to complete a PhD with the Animal Behavior Graduate Group. My work is examining the pain and wound healing associated with caustic paste disbudding, a common husbandry procedure used to prevent horn growth. A secondary objective of my PhD is to evaluate the use of pain mitigation beyond the acute phase following disbudding.