Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2020
Ever wonder how science is used at the Zoo? We sat down with Graduate Research Associate, Laura Bernstein-Kurtycz to get some answers.
I can trace my interest in science back to my mother. When I was young, she showed me a book about Lucy, the famous fossil of an Australopithecus afarensis. I can honestly say that interest led me to my biological anthropology degree, which ultimately brought me here.
I study animal behavior and animal welfare. Specifically, I am interested in the effect of the zoo environment on bears.
Every day, I am observing, analyzing, or writing about animal behavior, animal welfare or animal cognition.
I get to work on applied issues - the work we do has direct affects on animals here at the Zoo!
You never know what may turn out to interest you, so try a variety of classes, volunteer opportunities, internships, etc. In college I never would have guessed that my anthropology degree would lead to a job in a zoo.
Bear hibernation in zoos. Bears in some zoos hibernate during the winter, and others do not. I want to know more!