Gordon Burghardt News

International Media Quote Burghardt on Compatibility of Reptiles, Amphibians and Modern Lifestyles

A debate over reptile pets erupted in a series of articles published recently in the journal, Veterinary Record. In a linked editorial, UT’s Gordon Burghardt said issues of health, best practices for keeping captives, and preventing disease transmission to humans “are important for veterinarians to address.” But he believes reptiles and amphibians “are compatible with

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Toxic Snakes Know They’re Toxic, Agrees Burghardt in New Scientist

UT professor Gordon Burghardt teamed up with Akira Mori, a professor at Kyoto University in Japan, to study how different snakes respond when fed toxic foods. In a recent New Scientist article, their researched showed that when snakes were fed toxic toads, they became aware they were toxic and would respond to threats with nuchal

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News Sentinel Highlights Burghardt Expertise About Snake-Human Relationship

A recent Knoxville News Sentinel story explored mankind’s complex relationship with snakes particularly since the reptiles remain a part of so many cultures’ fears, focus of worship, captive exhibits and symbolic or religious meanings. UT’s Gordon Burghardt expounded on the psychology of snakes in this story. He noted that the fear of snakes can easily turn

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The Evolution Institute: Burghardt Discusses Niche Construction

The Evolution Institute recently featured a conversation between Gordon Burghardt and  scientist Kevin Laland on the topic of niche construction–the process through which an organism alters its own or another species’ environment, rather than one being passively shaped by the other. Read the interview online. Burghardt is an Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, holds appointments in the

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Professors Discuss the Future of Science under Trump

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.

Burghardt Speaks to Nat Geo About Walrus Play

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.

NIMBioS: Special Collection Explores Origin and Evolution of Play

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.