No reindeer games for this student researcher
Joyce Pexton (white headband) works at a "reindeer handling" in northern Alaska. As others would hold the reindeer, Pexton would vaccinate the animal, and attach an ear tag or a radio collar, and sometimes draw a blood sample. Courtesy photo
December is the time of year when children are told about Santa and his reindeer.
Joyce Pexton — a 2011 Davis High graduate who is preparing to graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June — knows a lot more about reindeer than just what she's heard about Rudolph.
Pexton has actual hands-on reindeer experience. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, she went to Alaska as a student intern on a 30-year reindeer research project, traveling to remote portions of the state to vaccinate reindeer, take blood samples and attach ear tags or radio collars.
She also helped with the research study by fencing an ... Continue Reading