Current Lab Members

Madeline Ketner

Lab Co-Manager and Lead Researcher

Madeline is majoring in Animal Studies and Psychology. Throughout high school, she worked at the Greensboro Science Center Aquarium as a docent, which allowed her to educate her community about the ocean and its inhabitants. There, she found her passion for educating others on animals and the natural environment. Since being at Eckerd, Madeline has had the opportunity to work with primates, dolphins and elephants. Upon graduating, Madeline would like to go to graduate school and develop a career based on teaching in higher education and animal behavior research.

Nancy Strever

Lab Co-Manager and Lead Researcher

Nancy Strever is a sophomore Animal Studies and Biology double major with minors in Marine Science and Coastal Management. Throughout her childhood, Nancy developed a love for travel, the ocean, and animals. This, combined with owning many animals throughout her life, sparked Nancy’s interest in animal research. Throughout her time at Eckerd, Nancy has completed a virtual Zoo Research Fellowship with Lory Park Zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa where she studied the benefits of enrichment, and a Behavioral Research Internship at ZooTampa where she is currently studying correlations between animal behavior and visitor abundance with siamangs. Nancy has a particular interest in sharks and marine animals and she hopes to study their behavior in her career post-graduation.


SEAN JACOBSON

Sean is a double major in Biology and Animal Studies. He has spent his youth traveling and working with wildlife. He has also spent time researching sloth anatomy in Costa Rica, as well as monitoring lemur behavior in Madagascar. Sean has a dog at home named Puff who is pictured alongside him. In his spare time, you can find Sean and his Bearded Dragon soaking up the sun on the beach and lounging in a hammock. Sean started in the ECCPL as a First Year Research Associate, and he continues working in the lab.

HAILEY MCGOVERN

Ever since Hailey was a little girl she has always surrounded herself with animals. She grew up riding horses, and has owned multiple pets ranging from a hermit crab to a dog! Most recently she has been working around marine mammals. She has a particular love for dolphins and studying their behavior. After college she hopes to pursue a career in marine mammal training in managed care!

Molly Murphy

Molly is a double major in Animal Studies and Psychology. She is from Kerrville, Texas and has always been around wildlife. Molly has always been passionate about animal care, wanting to gain experience in various settings. She has been curious about animal behavior from a young age, especially regarding mammals. She has done internships at zoos and is hoping to gain even more animal behavior research and management experience before graduating college. Molly is enthusiastic about joining the lab and furthering her career goals.


Taylor Wasco

Hi! I’m Taylor Wasco I’m from Illinois. I am free spirit who loves animals and has hope to work with and study the behavior and cognition of Dolphins! I’m majoring in Animal Studies and minoring in Psychology. I am also the surfboard club leader and a new member of the comparative psychology lab!



Gracie barrentine

Lead Researcher

Hi everyone! My name is Gracie Barrentine. I plan on double majoring with Animal Studies and Psychology with a possible minor in theatre. I've always grown up loving animals and I would love to work and train with rehabilitated animals. Marine mammals have a special place in my heart, and I've recently been interested in the conservation of the Northern White Rhinos species. I've volunteered and worked at the Tarpon Springs Aquarium and Clearwater Marine Aquarium and I want to continue learning about conservation efforts and the rehabilitation of animals with focus on marine mammals!


Lily Collins

Lily Collins is a Junior majoring in Animal Studies with minors in Biology and Psychology. She grew up in a suburb close to Chicago, Illinois. Lily is very passionate about marine mammals and loves to visit various aquariums as she travels. Her love for marine mammals grew from learning how to scuba dive at 11 years old and diving in different locations. She wants to work with marine mammals in rehabilitation, conservation, rescue and research!

ALLISON KENAWALL

Hi, I am Allison and I am a double major in animal studies and biology. I am from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and animals have always been a large part of my life. I spent four years volunteering at the Pittsburgh National Aviary. I look forward to gaining more research experience from working with the Comparative Psychology Lab, and plan to use these skills in my future career paths.