Our external collaborators to date are the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (CZA), COSI, Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center, Great Pets, Ohio Wildlife Center, Ohio 4-H Youth Development, PBJ Connections, Pilot Dogs, and the Wilds.

Our internal collaborators to date are the Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Social Work, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chronic Brain Injury Program, STEAM Factory, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, and Environmental Professionals Network.

Current supporting members include: Abby Simon, Anne Alden, Daniel Fischer, Ed Klopfer, Jane Ann Aanestad, Kathy Lechman, Mark Finkler, Melissa Muth, Molly Muth, Peter Brody, and Robert Williams.

Individual members include experts working within The Ohio State University and externally. If you are interested in research in human-animal interactions we urge you to reach out to one of our members below or email


CHAIRE Program Coordinator
Senior Director, Quality Assurance, The Wendy's Company
Dan Beetem
Director of Animal Management, The Wilds
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Master's Graduate Student; Laboratory Animal Health Technician
Assistant Professor - Clinical, Equine Medicine and Surgery
Master's Graduate Student
PhD Graduate Student
Associate Professor, Unit Supervisor: OSU Equine Center
Associate Professor
Sound & Vision Professional
Assistant Professor in Parks, Protected Areas, Natural Resources Management
Zach England
Research Associate
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Curator, Heart of Africa and Asia Quest
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CHAIRE Mascot & Office Manager
PhD Graduate Student
Associate Professor-Clinical, Program Head of Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health
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Associate Professor, Director of Stress Science Lab
Professor & Wildlife Extension Specialist