UT’s Gordon Burghardt, professor of psychology, and Nina Fefferman, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, joined Gretchen Goldman from the Union of Concerned Scientists recently on WUOT’s Dialogue.
Gordon Burghardt News
Gordon Burghardt spoke to National Geographic about the play behavior of walruses. New research shows walruses are playful creatures and like to toy with bird carcasses.
The New York Times recently published an article exploring why people love animal videos and referenced the work of Gordon Burghardt.
The Smithsonian Magazine interviewed Gordon Burghardt for a story exploring beluga whales’ whimsical and quirky behavior of blowing bubbles.
Research on the evolution and function of play at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT has culminated in a special issue of the journal Adaptive Behavior. The collection heavily features the research of Gordon Burghardt, who works on many aspects of animal behavior, play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.
The Huffington Post and Psychology Today highlighted Gordon Burghardt‘s research on animal behavior in a story examining how and why dogs play. Burghardt, a UT Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, holds appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Not every encounter between predator and prey results in death. A new study co-authored by a UT professor suggests that prey emit warning cues that can ultimately lead to both their survival and that of their predators.
UT herpetologist Gordon Burghardt talked to the New Scientist for a story about geckos onboard the uncrewed Bion-M1 satellite that were seen playing with a plastic collar via surveillance video.
Turns out we may have more in common with crocodiles than we’d ever dream. According to research by a UT psychology professor, crocodiles think surfing waves, playing ball, and going on piggyback rides are fun, too.
A New York Times article about unlikely animal pairings featured Gordon Burghardt. The Alumni Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studies animals at play. Burghardt defines play as a repeated behavior that should not contribute to survival. It is spontaneous and voluntary, performed when the animal is healthy