PhD’84, Entomology and Nutritional Sciences
What’s an entomologist doing in a food list? Insects are savored as protein-rich delicacies around the world by humans and animals alike and Finke has been researching their role in animal diets since graduate school. As a sideline to his day job as director of technical services for the national chain PetSmart, Finke has created detailed nutritional analyses of insects used to feed various pets, including reptiles, amphibians, birds and some small mammals. Finke has helped zoos and wildlife rescue organizations plan menus for orphaned and injured insect-eating animals. He’s even designed diets for the bugs to boost their nutritional value when they become food for other animals.