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Nikki Bennett

Ph.D. student



Nikki Bennett is a graduate student (currently non-degree seeking but transitioning in summer 2021 to Anthropology PhD program) in the Evolution and Human Behavior Lab with broad research interests in the various approaches to evaluating human-nonhuman animal interactions. At present, her projects involve collaborating with a local animal shelter to explore factors associated with successful cat adoptions. In addition, Nikki is conducting exploratory analyses into the trend of pet owners pursuing genetic testing for their pets. As she progresses in her graduate studies, Nikki hopes to learn more about human-nonhuman animal coevolution, cross-cultural pet keeping practices, and the myriad of factors influencing attitudes and perceptions people hold about nonhuman animals.