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Lynette A. Hart- BS, MA, PhD
Population Health & Reproduction

3207 VM3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 2181


Research Focus

I strongly believe that the three interrelated areas of my research focus should relate to my teaching commitments and service activities: the research  strengthens them, and both teaching and service play a role in directing the most important research emphases.  First, with human-animal interactions, I am focusing on new areas in keeping with the changing roles of pets and assisting dogs, the impacts of economic events, the unspecified effects of spay-neuter at varying ages, and the topic’s growing importance to veterinary medicine.  Second, I spearhead efficient information transfer about alternatives, or improved approaches, in the use of animals in classroom teaching and laboratory investigations, especially as the use of mouse models has expanded. The growing popularity of my unique course on the biology and behavior of the mouse, for future laboratory or general animal veterinarians and  investigators, is an example of close integration of this focus and the real-life world of cutting-edge research. My third focus involves emphasizing basic animal behavior research, currently contributing timely investigations dealing with the highly endangered elephant which is so unique in cognitive and social behavior.

Specialty Focus



1958 BS Physical Science Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1962 MA Education Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
1976 PhD Zoology/Animal Behavior, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Honors and Awards

2011-2012 Advisory Professor, Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Graduate School for Life, The Catholic University of Korea; February 2011-January 2012
2011 Visiting Professor, St. Georges School of Veterinary Medicine, Grenada; April-May and October-November
2011 Visiting Professor, Azabu University, Tokyo, Japan
2010-2012 Vienna Encyclopedia of Animal Welfare Advisory Board (
2010 Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki and University of Eastern Finland; September-October
2009 Visiting Professor, Azabu University, Tokyo, Japan
1995-2012 Honorary Member, Society for the Study of Human-Animal Relations, Japan

Active Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, Genetic components influencing the feline - human social bond, Lyons (Principal Investigator), NIH NICHD Child Health & Human Development Extramural Research

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2010 Lee GH, Choe BI, Kim JS, Hart LA, Han JS The current status of animal use and alternatives in Korean veterinary medical schools Altern Lab Anim,
  • Link Icon 2009 Pinter-Wollman N, Isbell LA, Hart LA Assessing translocation outcome: comparing behavioral and physiological aspects of translocated and resident African elephants (Loxodonta africana) Biological Conservation,
  • Link Icon 2009 Pinter-Wollman N, Isbell LA, Hart LA The relationship between social behaviour and habitat familiarity in African elephants (Loxodonta africana) Proc Biol Sci,
  • Link Icon 2008 Wyman MT, Mooring MS, McCowan B, Penedo MCT, Hart LA Amplitude of bison bellows reflects male quality, physical condition and motivation Animal Behaviour,
  • Link Icon 2008 Hart LA, Wood MW The human-animal bond in veterinary medical education: accessing web-based information J Vet Med Educ,
  • Link Icon 2007 Messam LL, Kass PH, Chomel BB, Hart LA The human-canine environment: a risk factor for non-play bites? Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2007 Hart BL, Hart LA, Pinter-Wollman N Large brains and cognition: where do elephants fit in? Neurosci Biobehav Rev,
  • Link Icon 2007 Ducceschi L., Hart LA, Green N Guidelines for the development of student choice policies regarding dissection in colleges and universities: An ethnographic analysis of faculty and student concerns AATEX,
  • Link Icon 2007 Wood MW, Hart LA Selecting appropriate animal models and strains: making the best use of research, information and outreach AATEX,
  • Link Icon 2007 Hart LA, Wood MW, Wiley D, Hamann B, Molinaro MM, Meyers S, Stevenson FT, Storm WA BioSafaris: A rationale for educational software on human biology and health in pre-college as an alternative to dissection AATEX,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2010 Hart LA: Positive effects of animals for psychosocially vulnerable people: a turning point for delivery, Fine AH, (ed), Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, 3rd Edition, Amsterdam. 59-84.

2010 Hart LA: Human Animal Bond, Kahn CM, (ed), The Merck Veterinary Manual, 10th edition, Whitehouse Station, NJ. 1457-1461.

2009 Hart LA: Mice, Bekoff M, (ed), Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Second Edition, Volume 2: I-Z, Santa Barbara, CA. 377-83.

2009 Hart LA: Dissection in science and health education, Bekoff M, (ed), Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Second Edition, Volume 1: A-H, Santa Barbara, CA. 174-7.

2009 Hart LA: Animal-assisted therapy, Bekoff M, (ed), Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Second Edition, Volume 1: A-H, Santa Barbara, CA. 58-60.