Carissa Wickens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, and also serves as an Extension Equine Specialist for the state of Florida. Her current responsibilities are to develop and implement equine education and outreach programmes and to conduct applied research in the areas of equine management, behaviour and welfare. Carissa served as an Assistant Professor and Equine Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware (2009–2013) where she taught undergraduate equine science courses and provided educational resources and programming for Delaware equine owners. Carissa completed her PhD in Animal Science at Michigan State University (2009) with emphasis on stereotypic behaviour in horses, especially crib-biting. She enjoys working with all equids, but has a special affinity for draft horses and loves spending time with her husband, daughter and their two beagles. Carissa and Camie Heleski co-chaired the local organising committee for the 2013 ISES Conference.