Animal Behavior Laboratory

Just in from ABL and IIHAN:

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Dr. VanderWaal, pictured here with Dr. McCowan and her graduate student, Nicole Sharpe, is co-authoring with IIHAN faculty several publications on the relationship between social networks and transmission networks in multiple species. Check out the newest publications hot of the press! Also check out our featured article on the School of Veterinary Medicine website.

The McCowan Lab and the IIHAN are happy to be in their new home on the School of Veterinary Medicine campus, VetMed 3B!

McCowan Animal Behavior Laboratory for Welfare & Conservation

Patterns of health and well-being within human and animal societies and across different multispecies communities represent emergent global patterns whose underlying dynamics must be understood to better tackle complex health issues. One important goal of my program is to employ evolutionary and social network theories for practical applications at the human-animal interface using an interdisciplinary framework comprised of computational biology, genomics, epidemiology and behavioral ecology.

My team seeks to understand how spatial and mathematical relations of networks relate to the content and quality of relationships and how such variation influences a diversity of health outcomes. This program is highly unique in that it is developing innovative multi-scale computational techniques that will provide greater insight into how and why basic genomic, behavioral and social processes influence specific health outcomes as well as overall health and well-being over all stages of the life span. The application of these approaches is applied broadly and serves as both a translational model for enhancing human health as well as a tool to optimize the health and well-being of captive and wild macaque populations at the human-macaque interface. 

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McCowan Animal Behavior Laboratory for Welfare & Conservation
One Shields Ave, 1089 VetMed 3B
University of California Davis
School of Veterinary Medicine
Davis CA 95616

Office: 530-754-7373
Lab: 530-752-2360