Since joining AFB in 2013, Susan has focused on developing and applying behavioral methods to gain insight into the feeding habits and flavor preferences of companion animals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, masters in wildlife science and doctorate in ecology, and has worked all over the world on diverse species, studying questions related to animal behavior, chemical communication and taste preference.
One aspect of research Susan says she especially enjoys is when results yield unexpected insights. She has presented her work at national and international venues for both technical and non-technical audiences, including customer presentations and demonstrations, and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Susan’s 13-year-old Weimaraner, Takara, is her constant companion, joining Susan in her worldwide travels spanning New Zealand to Norway. The duo are also avid hikers. “I enjoy the physical and mental challenges of hiking in the mountains,” Susan shares. “Being on a summit makes me feel both small and huge at the same time.” Susan has summited more than 15 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado, at least 10 of them with Takara by her side. “She’s my favorite trail partner,” says Susan.