James Gross

Mentor: Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
"I originally wanted to do research to stand out from my fellow students when applying to veterinary school. However, I quickly became more and more fascinated by research. I have grown to love performing trials and building up a huge amount of data over a whole semester, analyzing that data, and then coming up with graphs and charts comparing the different variables used in the trial. I also have grown fond of using those science-based comparisons to confirm or deny a hypothesis and contribute to scientific knowledge of animal behavior."


Animal Sciences



Research Interests

  • Animal Behavior
  • Welfare Improvement
  • Answering "Why?"

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Exotic Animal Club
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • Pre-Vet Club


  • Operation Catnip
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commision
  • Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Hobbies and Interests

  • Animal Training
  • Spiders and Insects
  • Reptiles
  • Learning Spanish

Research Description

Evaluating The Age of Introduction Into Group Housing During The Milk Feeding Stage on The Cognitive Development of Dairy Calves
We are evaluating whether there is a difference in the development of cognition and reactivity to novelty when introducing dairy calves into group housing as different ages.