• Question: are yall interested in animals.

    Asked by BRE10 to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa, Stephanie on 23 Apr 2016.
    • Photo: Kevin Baker

      Kevin Baker answered on 23 Apr 2016:

      I absolutely love animals. I have 2 cats and a rabbit currently, but I have had several dogs, birds, fish, frogs, and turtles. I have never done any sort of animal behavior research; however, I do love spending time with animals.

    • Photo: Kellie Jaremko

      Kellie Jaremko answered on 23 Apr 2016:

      I love animals. I grew up with many pets and currently have one crazy cat named Binx. I also love zoos, aquariums, and animal sanctuaries that treat the animals well so I try to visit new places with these whenever I travel. As far as in research, I have studied some animal behavior but it is not a focus of my research. Whenever experimenting with animals we do our best to minimize the animals’ discomfort and use as few animals as possible to answer our research question.

    • Photo: Stephanie Moon

      Stephanie Moon answered on 23 Apr 2016:

      Yes! I have a big fish tank and a little newt tank (a fire belly newt named Yoshi). Sometimes I work with animal cells in the lab and have done some research on a cow virus called BVDV.

    • Photo: Melissa Wilson Sayres

      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 24 Apr 2016:

      I’m interested in all animals, including humans! I love studying what makes different groups of animals unique, and what we all have in common. We have some projects studying mutation rates across primates, some studying the evolution of gene families across vertebrates, and even a new project studying the Gila monster!

    • Photo: Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      Actually, I grew up on a farm in rural East Texas, where we had cats, cows, dogs, horses, goats, hens, donkeys, and llamas. I don’t have any pets now, though – I think I might still be recovering from all those early morning farm chores!