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Bio - UF Graduate Research Assistant

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About Angie Adkin

Before pursuing her Master's in Animal Science at University of Florida, Adkin spent seven years working as a zookeeper for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago where she learned about, cared for, trained and managed both exotic and domestic species.

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Angie Adkin, M.S. is currently a graduate research assistant at the University of Florida in the Department of Animal Sciences working towards a Ph.D. Recently, Angie earned her Master’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Florida by investigating how maternal omega-3 fatty acid supplementation impacts mare nutrition, reproductive physiology and offspring behavior/cognition. Her Ph.D. research is focused on plant-based estrogens (phytoestrogens) in animal feeds and how they may impact reproduction.

Angie spent her childhood in South Haven, Michigan, surrounded by acres of rolling farms nestled quietly near the shores of Lake Michigan. Growing up in a family of third generation fruit farmers, Angie readily developed a love for the outdoors, nature, and all creatures, great and small. Angie attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in environmental biology and zoology. Always up for adventure and international exposure, she spent time traveling South America and Africa before starting her career as a zookeeper at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.  As a zookeeper, Angie spent seven years learning about, caring for, training, and managing many species of both exotic and domestic animals – from reptiles, to dairy cows, to zebras and camels. While at the zoo, Angie assisted with several research projects that focused on assessing the behavior and activity of sable antelope, Grevy’s zebra and Sichuan takin.

Encouraged by the ever-evolving zoo industry and its need for science-backed solutions, Angie was driven to enhance her knowledge of scientific research and ungulate physiology in order to make a positive impact on zoo animal welfare. This pursuit ultimately led her to the Animal Science program at the University of Florida. After graduating with her Doctor of Philosophy degree, Angie hopes to become a scientist, educator and a leader in the zoological community. Her ultimate goal is to implement scientific research in a zoo and/or field setting that will undoubtedly enhance current knowledge about wildlife reproduction, nutrition, welfare, management and conservation.