Animal welfare science to be discussed at Penn State Behrend

September 24, 2014

ERIE, Pa. -- Zoos often make for a pleasant atmosphere for visitors, but what about for their actual inhabitants — the animals?

That’s the question that Meredith Bashaw, associate professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall College, attempts to answer daily through her animal welfare science research. Bashaw, one the world's foremost experts on captive giraffe behavior, will discuss her research when the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior returns to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Bashaw’s talk, “Animal Welfare Science” begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, in room 117 of the campus' Reed Union Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Animal welfare science aims to identify behavioral and physiological measures of animal welfare in an effort to improve the lives of captive animals. Bashaw’s research blends animal behavior, welfare science and noninvasive endocrinology. Some of her most prominent research has been conducted on giraffes, leopard geckos and squirrel monkeys.

“Animal Welfare Science” is hosted by Penn State Behrend’s bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in psychology degree programs and by the student Psychology Coalition with support from the Susan Hirt Hagen CORE (Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the student activity fee. For additional information, contact Carol Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, at 814-898-6082 or

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