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    University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

    Dr Oliver Burman


    School of Life Sciences
    College of Science

    About Oliver Burman

    I am a Reader in Animal Behaviour, Cognition & Welfare here at the University of Lincoln, where I started in 2010 following several post-doctoral positions in Bristol.

    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 emotional 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?)

    Department Responsibilities

    Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and Module Leader for ‘Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare’ (Level One, undergraduate) and ‘Animal Welfare’ (MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour).

    I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in a variety of areas.

    Subject Specialism

    Animal Behaviour, Cognition & Welfare


    • PhD — 2001
    • MSc Applied Animal Behaviour Science & Animal Welfare — 1997
    • BSc (Hons) Biology — 1994

    Professional Affiliations

    • Applied Animal Behaviour Science (Journal) — Member of the Editorial Advisory Board
    • BVAAWF/FRAME/RSPCA/UFAW) Joint Working Group — Invited expert
    • BIAZA Elephant Welfare Group — Member of the Behaviour Sub-Group

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    • Animal Behaviour, Cognition & Welfare

    Research Projects

    • Measures of food preference in domestic cats — Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (MARS) in 2012
    • Sensitivity to reward change: a novel cognitive approach to understanding and measuring affective state in animals — BBSRC Research Grant in 2012

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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