Madeline Winans will begin her career as a CHAIRE graduate student this summer working with Dr. Kelly George as her advisor.
Below Madeline shares her experiences as an undergraduate majoring in Zoology and her graduate research with the California sea lions that will be arriving at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in 2020!
"I am currently finishing my fourth year of undergraduate studies as a Zoology major and Chinese minor. Originally from Cleveland, OH, I have been fortunate to gain conservation science, education, and animal handling experience at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Over the past four years in Columbus I have worked and interned at COSI and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium while being involved as President of Zoology Club and a member of Human-Animal Interactions Club at OSU.
My academic foundation in evolutionary and ecological sciences combined with my interests in the social science of human-animal interactions have found a perfect niche within CHAIRE. The Center has provided me with incredible opportunities for both academic and professional growth, including a study abroad program in South Africa. I am very excited to be starting as an Animal Sciences graduate student this summer to continue my research on human-animal interactions and the behavior and welfare of California sea lions through CHAIRE and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!"