Category Archives: Research

A Love For Elephants

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West Virginia University has gone to the elephants!  Not only were Tina and her pachyderm friends highlighted on the homepage of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, but they were also featured on the West Virginia University main homepage.  In addition, you can find an interview with Tina regarding her research at the following link Inside WVU   … Read more »

A Trunk of Love: WVU Doctoral Student Finds Her Calling Researching Elephants

The story of Tina Dow’s love for elephants began in another story, tucked away in the pages of her first Little Golden Book. Never could she predict that someday she’d work with the same creatures that fascinated her as a little girl. It was the mighty elephant that steered her back onto an academic path. Dow, who grew up in Cumberland,… Read more »

An Evening with Jane Goodall: A Story of Inspiration and Hope

As a child I can vividly remember thumbing through old National Geographic magazines, living vicariously through the adventures of Dr. Jane Goodall.  In the 1980s, long before online giants Amazon or Barnes and Noble became popular, I would visit both my school library and the local city-owned branch on an almost daily basis.  I was able to read about Jane’s… Read more »

Ph.D. Student Conducting Research on African Elephants

By: Brooke Boening The Daily Athenaeum Shortly upon completing her undergraduate studies in animal and nutritional sciences, West Virginia University Ph.D. student, Tina Dow, discovered a passion that would take her beyond the ordinary work environment – elephants. When Dow landed an internship at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., in 2002, she quickly developed a fascination with the… Read more »

WVU Helps Grad Student Follow Dream

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Tina Dow is passionate about a variety of things – traveling, scuba diving, rock climbing – but her one true love will always be elephants. After earning her bachelor’s degree in animal and nutritional sciences from West Virginia University in 2002, Dow spent the next four years trying to find her true career calling. “I interned with several zoos and became a licensed wildlife… Read more »

For The Love Of Elephants: WVU Davis College Helps Grad Student Find, Follow Research Dreams

Tina Dow is passionate about a variety of things – traveling, scuba diving, rock climbing – but her one true love will always be elephants. After earning her bachelor’s degree in animal and nutritional sciences from West Virginia University in 2002, Dow spent the next four years trying to find her true career calling. “I interned with several zoos and… Read more »

Elephants Know How To Co-Operate

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By Victoria Gill Science and nature reporter, BBC News In the test, two animals had to work together – each pulling on a rope in order to tug a platform towards them. Elephants’ apparent grasp of the need to co-operate shows, scientists say, that they belong in an “elite group” of intelligent, socially complex animals. Researchers from the University of… Read more »