Adams and Garey are each pursing a doctorate degree in animal science – applied ethology, working under the direction of Dr. Ted Friend, faculty fellow and professor of animal behavior and wellbeing.
“My research focuses on evaluating transit stress in dairy calves using an integrative approach. The objectives of my research are to determine if dairy calves acclimate to repeated transit stress, how endocrine and immune systems responds to the duration of transport, how repeated transit stress alters the expression of innate immune system components in calves and how calves react behaviorally to repeated transit stress,” said Adams.
Adams is scheduled to complete her doctorate in May 2012. She received a bachelor of science degree in animal science from University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a master of science in zoology from Oklahoma State University.
Garey’s research “focuses on differences in gene expression and stress-related hormone concentrations in horses that are undergoing common equine industry stressors, specifically, weaning and stall-isolated housing, and how those differences impact innate immune function in an effort to identify difference between beneficial and detrimental stress,” she said.
Garey is projected to finish her degree in August 2012. She received a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University, both in animal science.
Hafla is working towards a doctorate degree in animal science – beef cattle nutrition, under the direction of Dr. Gordon Carstens, associate professor of animal nutrition, and plans to graduate in August 2012.
“I study potential biological mechanisms responsible for the variations in feed efficiency in beef cattle,” Hafla said.
She received a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in Animal Science and a bachelor of science in Biotechnology from Montana State University.