Texas Tech University

Graduate Students

Allie Andrukonis

Allie is a masters student in Animal Science. In 2016 she graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences and a B.S. in Psychology. During her time at Virginia Tech she worked for three years in a swine nutrition lab under Dr. Samer El-Kadi. Allie has also been working at a pet hotel outside of Washington DC for over two years. Her interests include increasing adoption rates in cats and dogs and teaching the public about the positive effects animals can have on mental health.

Allie

Kelsea Ryan

Kelsea is a graduate student in the Animal Science PhD program. She currently holds a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology from SJSU and a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA. She has long been interested in animal behavior, cognition, and welfare. She began conducting research in 2010 at UCLA's Animal Cognition Laboratory where she developed a love for basic research approaches and an interest in the principles of learning and behavior. The Human Animal Interaction lab provides a unique outlet for her to continue the research she loves and apply her experience and education to improve animal welfare.

Kelsea

Before enrolling at TTU, Kelsea taught introductory Psychology courses at various community colleges in the Bay Area and worked as a Research Analyst with National Canine Research Council (NCRC), where she established a comprehensive canine behavior research library. The library summarizes and analyzes current studies in canine behavior in order to make the research more accessible to academics, the media, and the general public.

Her hobbies include watching Giants baseball, hiking in the shade, and playing hide-and-go-seek with her cat. In her spare time, she has volunteered at the SPCA, a Bay Area food bank, and a wildlife rescue.
Publications

Ryan, K. M. (2014). Intentional weight loss among healthy women: Behavior patterns and psychological concerns. Master's Theses. doi: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/4515

Ryan, K. M., Blumstein, D. T., Blaisdell, A. P., & Stahlman, W. D. (2012). Stimulus concordance and risk-assessment in hermit crabs (Coenobita clypeatus): Implications for attention. Behavioural Processes, 91, 26-29.

 

Megan Arant

Megan is a graduate student in Animal Science at Texas Tech. She received her B.A. in Anthrozoology (the study of the human-animal bond) at Carroll College in 2016. She was the first student at Carroll to receive the PJ/Hart Loving Bond Award for her unique appreciation and understanding of the human-animal bond. During her time at Carroll, Megan has worked with foster dogs helping them become more adoptable and also gained experience training working dog tasks (including service, therapy, and scent detection). Her interests stem from her background in modern science-based dog training. She hopes to further her knowledge on how humans and animals can help each other.

Megan

Human-Animal Interaction Lab