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About Teresa Romero Benavente

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, having joined the University of Lincoln in 2017. Before coming to Lincoln, I held postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Tokyo (Japan), SOKENDAI (Japan) and Emory (GA, USA). I have broad research interests within animal behaviour, but am particularly interested in the regulation of social relationships in primates, carnivores and other animals. I have explored aspects of conflict resolution, cooperation, social cognition, and empathy-related behaviours from both ultimate and proximate perspectives. I have adopted an interdisciplinary approach, integrating concepts from behavioural biology and comparative psychology, and also combining observational studies with controlled experiments under lab conditions.

Department Responsibilities

I teach on a variety of courses including Human-Animal Interactions and International Field Courses.

Subject Specialism

Animal Behaviour


  • Ph.D. in Animal Behaviour — Complutense University, 2004
  • M.Sc. in Animal Behaviour — Complutense University, 1999
  • Certification in Science Education — Complutense University, 1997
  • B.Sc. (equivalent) in Biology — Complutense University, 1996


  • My research has been supported by a variety of sources including:
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: MEXT (Japan)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Research Interests

  • animal behaviour

  • Social behaviour

  • Social cognition

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour