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    Display Name:Carla Vela-Herrera Field:Animal Behavior Research Interests or Specialties:Human-animal interactions ; Applied Animal behavior; Humane education; Animal welfare; Conservation psychology Publications:Weiss, E., Miller, K., Mohan-Gibbons, H. & Vela, C. (2012). Why did you choose this pet? Adopters and pet selection preferences in five animal shelters in the United States. Animals, 2, 144-159. Doi:10.3390/ani2020144 Bio:EDUCATION: BA in Psychology MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation Awarded a RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) fellowship funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) RESEARCH: Thesis: Factors Influencing Choice of Pets from an Animal Shelter and Factors Influencing Possible Pet Relinquishment (Conducted at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)) Field research in playback and mist netting at Black Rock Forest (New York). Field research on spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) behavior and communication (Location: The Bahamas) VOLUNTEER WORK: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League (2016 - present) American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) (2011 - 2012) Amigos de los Animales -Puerto Rico (2010) Humane Society of Puerto Rico (2008)
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    EDUCATION:
    BA in Psychology
    MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation
    Awarded a RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) fellowship funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH)
    RESEARCH:
    Thesis: Factors Influencing Choice of Pets from an Animal Shelter and Factors Influencing Possible Pet Relinquishment (Conducted at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA))
    Field research in playback and mist netting at Black Rock Forest (New York).
    Field research on spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) behavior and communication (Location: The Bahamas)
    VOLUNTEER WORK:
    Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League (2016 - present)
    American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) (2011 - 2012)
    Amigos de los Animales -Puerto Rico (2010)
    Humane Society of Puerto Rico (2008)

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