1. Jade and Brittany

    The Tonra Lab of Avian Ecology

    Dec 10, 2018

    CHAIRE graduate students Jade Werner and Brittany Fischer were recently invited to observe Dr. Chris Tonra in his Lab of Avian Ecology.  Dr. Tonra is an Assistant Professor in Avian Wildlife Ecology in the School of Environmental and Natural Resources. 

    He is a conservation biologist who integrates the fields of behavior, physiology, and ecology.  His primary research interests lie in examining the underlying mechanisms for how individuals interact with their environments, with a particular focus on avian systems. 

  2. Students in Ireland

    Winter Break Study Abroad in Ireland

    Nov 28, 2018

    Students are preparing to travel to Ireland over winter break as part of the annual Human & Animal Interactions Study Abroad Program. The program spans for ten days with 45 students attending this year along with Dr. Kelly George and Dr. Steve Moeller. This specific program mimics the pre-requisite course, ANIMSCI 2400.05, designed to expand their understanding of the role that animals play in shaping society, culture, and economics within the United States and for those who travel, abroad.

  3. CHAIRE office

    CHAIRE Office Space

    Oct 30, 2018

    We have moved!  The Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research & Education (CHAIRE) now has a space in 102 Animal Sciences Building.  Housed inside are Dr.

  4. Yolonda, Brittany, Jade and Nicole

    CHAIRE's First Graduate Students

    Oct 1, 2018

    CHAIRE's first four graduate students began their program in fall of 2018.

    Yolonda Bradshaw plans to focus her research on how behavior and welfare of shelter dogs affect their adoptability. Brittany Fischer's project focuses on welfare of the cheetahs at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the zoo staff-animal bond.  Jade Werner is studying the use of hair sampling as an effective tool to measure cortisol levels and chronic stress in equine.  Nicole Lorig is developing an equine quality assurance program for 4-H youth.

  5. Sloth

    HAI Club Hosts Sloth Yoga

    Oct 1, 2018

    The Human-Animal Interactions Club, the student organization of CHAIRE, is hosting sloth yoga on Thursday October 25th from 6:30pm-7:30pm.  The event will take place at the Agricultural Administration Building Auditorium.  Cost is to be paid at the door and is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff.  This event is only open to those affiliated with The Ohio State University.  All proceeds from the event will go directly towards sloth conservation.  T-shirts and raffle tickets for a chance to tour behind the scences of the Columbus Z

  6. CHAIRE's First Annual Fundraising Event

    Sep 25, 2018

    CHAIRE’s first annual fundraising event took place on September 19th at the Nationwide & Farm Bureau 4-H center.
  7. The Barbara A. Muth Fund

    Aug 28, 2018

    The Barbara A. Muth Fund was created by Molly and Melissa Muth in honor of their mother.  When asked about their memories of their mother and why they chose to support CHAIRE, they answered, “We were so happy to discover CHAIRE earlier this year and even more thrilled to help support CHAIRE by establishing a fund in our mother’s name.  “Babs” was an animal lover her whole life.  Whether it was Molly and her pony, or Melissa working with veterinarians in high school or training a Hereford heifer for the Little International while at OSU, Mom wanted to hear all the stories!
  8. Education & Outreach at the Wilds

    Aug 13, 2018

    CHAIRE and the Wilds are sponsoring a new overnight short course called Pseudo In-situ Conservation Short Course!  Students will partake in a hands-on conservation workshop, including an overnight "bush camp" experience at the Wilds. The course takes place from August 25th, 2018-August 26th, 2018.  Space is limited and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The cost of the course is $350/person, students interested should contact Dr. Kelly George at

  9. Brittany Fischer feeding a giraffe

    Welcome Brittany Fischer

    Aug 13, 2018

    CHAIRE welcomes Brittany Fischer as the new Program Coordinator! Brittany acheived her B.S. in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Animal Sciences focusing on zoological animal welfare and the zoo staff-animal bond. Her work is in cooperation with the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, a partner of CHAIRE. Brittany not only has an extensive science background, but also offers management, event planning, and communication skills. Dr. Kelly George, CHAIRE Co-director, stated, "We feel very fortunate to include Brittany as part of our CHAIRE team.

  10. Cattle Production and Antimicrobial Resistance

    Jun 14, 2018

    A multidisciplinary group of OSU researchers, including CHAIRE members, were recently awarded an OSU Linkage and Leverage Grant to assess the role of cattle production systems and landscape characteristics in antimicrobial resistance profiles using a participatory epidemiology approach. More information regarding the grant and the study can be found here.