Prior to my time at Lake State, my professors rarely learned students' names and my classes often felt impersonal. I didn't realize how important that faculty interaction could be until I spent a few weeks here. The personal attention is motivating, often pushing me to work harder than I would have otherwise.
Harry Dittrich has joined a "one-cubic-foot" expedition with National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager and Christopher Meyer, of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History. Click here to read Dittrich's daily updates.
Check out the class blog relating their activities in Africa during the summer of 2014. (Note: Updates to the blog will be made whenever possible).
My experience as an intern at the Detroit Zoo is rewarding and highly essential to my growth as a biological professional. I am in the mammal department so every two weeks I go to a new rotation. By the end of the summer I will have shadowed keepers at seven exhibits. So far I have taken care of and interacted with giraffes, rhinos, zebras, common elands, warthogs, fallow deer, gorillas, chimps, lemurs, camels, elk, and barn animals like horses, yaks, cows, pigs and donkeys. The interns work together on enrichment for the animals, so I have also gotten the chance to interact with red-eyed tree frogs on an amphibian enrichment day. There are certain animals I've bonded with that I never would have considered to be one of my "favorite animals." It is a hard job and demands hours of physical labor, yet I've never felt more in my element at a job site than I do while working with the exotic animals that I've grown to care for so much. - Alexis Schefka, LSSU Conservation Biology major
Amanda Zoerner Honors Biology Pre-veterinary Science, Business Minor
Amanda studied the interaction of genes that determine coat color in English Springer Spaniels. Springers are medium-sized hunting dogs that display a variety of colors and markings, depending upon the interaction of several genes. Zoerner's study used polymerase chain reaction and restriction enzyme analysis in the laboratory to detect gene mutations that caused differences in coat color.