Loyola University Chicago

Department of Anthropology


Chris Biersdorf ('14)

Chris Biersdorf (

In the year following graduation, Chris took a job as animal keeper at Shedd Aquarium. Prior to that, he worked at Lincoln Park Zoo's Farm-in-the-Zoo in a seasonal animal husbandry position while also maintaining an internship at the Ape House, which his Loyola Anthropology connections made possible.

Reflecting on his post-grad work experiences, Chris says: "I have obviously veered from the path that I originally intended to go down, but I am extremely happy with the career I have chosen to pursue. I don't know if I would have ever truly discovered my passion for animal husbandry had it not been for the internship. I think that my journey is a testament to the holistic nature of anthropology and the possibility of applying the field to a wide array of careers. I am excited to be a part of the ever-changing field of animal husbandry and to provide new insights that might better the lives of captive animals."