I am interested in studying fundamental aspects of behaviour and cognition that underpin advances in animal welfare, including:
- The study of animal vocalizations (i.e. what do they mean, both for the vocalizing individual and for other animals that hear those vocalizations? Can we ‘eavesdrop’ on vocalizations in order to determine how an animal feels?)
- The development of novel cognitive methods to assess affective state in a range of animal species (i.e. do the decisions that animals make inform us about their background emotional state or mood?)
- Social recognition, memory and ‘forgetting’ in non-human animals (i.e. for how long do individuals remember one another?)
- Social interactions as an indicator of animal welfare (i.e. do subtle changes in how individuals interact within and between groups give an indication of welfare status?)
Module Leader for ‘Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare’ (Level One, undergraduate)
Module leader for ‘Animal Welfare’ (MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour)
I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in a variety of areas.