Texas Tech's Animal and Food Sciences adds companion animal behavior expert
Alexandra Protopopova, an expert in companion animal behavior and welfare, has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She officially stepped into her new teaching and research post on June 1.
The Siberian native indicated that she has a primary role of developing a new companion animal track within the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, as well as directing the new Human-Animal Interaction Research Laboratory. Protopopova indicated that she is particularly interested in systematically exploring questions of companion animal well-being, behavior, and human-animal interactions.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Protopopova worked as a graduate instructor at the University of Florida. She also served as a graduate research assistant at the University of Florida's Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab, and earlier a research assistant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's primate behavior research lab.
Protopopova received her bachelor's degree in pre-veterinary science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her master's degree and doctorate in behavior analysis is from the University of Florida-Gainesville. She received the Marian Breland Bailey Award for Applied Animal Behavior Research in 2014. Protopopova is currently an editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
Written by Norman Martin
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