University of Florida

Dr. Carissa Wickens

Assistant Professor, State Extension Horse Specialist

Extension and Research Summary

Dr. Wickens serves as State Horse Specialist conducting adult equine extension programs and developing educational resources for equine owners. She conducts applied research in horse behavior and welfare, equine nutrition, and management. Her primary areas of research have focused on associations between management and stereotypic behaviors in horses, and the relationship between gastrointestinal irritation and the oral stereotypic behavior of crib-biting.


2009; Ph.D. Animal Science (Horse Behavior) Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2003; M.S. Animal Science (Equine Nutrition), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2001; B.S. with High Honor, Animal Science/Specialization in Agribusiness, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

1998; Certificate in Horse Management, Agricultural Technology Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

2014-present; Assistant Professor, Equine Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

2009-2013; Assistant Professor, Equine Extension Specialist, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Professional Memberships

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
Equine Science Society
International Society for Applied Ethology
International Society for Equitation Science
National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics

Honors and Awards

2017 Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents Outstanding Specialist Award
2013; Nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award (Presented to faculty in recognition of exceptional performance in teaching at the University of Delaware)
2012; Residence Life Certificate (Presented to a faculty member in recognition for making a positive difference in a student’s University of Delaware experience)
2010; Excellence in Academic Advising Award (Presented each year to a faculty member for outstanding academic advising of undergraduate students by the Agricultural College Council, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware)
2008; Jacob A. Hoefer Endowed Fellowship in Animal Science (Presented for outstanding performance as a Ph.D. candidate, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University)




Carissa Wickens, Ph.D.

PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611