- Email Address
- [email protected]
- Research Summary
Our research typically involves assessing animals' preferences for and responses to 'enriched' housing conditions that are more complex and naturalistic than the standard norms; investigating abnormal behaviours like stereotypic pacing; validating potential welfare indicators (e.g. facial expressions), and we also analyse multi-species datasets to looks for species-level welfare risk and protective factors. We have worked or are working with mink, rats, mice, rhesus monkeys and zebra fish; and with large datasets from elephants, Carnivora, parrots and lemurs.
- Techniques Used
We use behavioural observation (live and from video), specific behavioural tests (e.g. for sociability or cognitive flexibility), the assay of cytokines and glucocorticoids, thermal imaging for regional changes in blood flow caused by sympathetic adrenal responses, and for cross-species work, phylogenetic comparative methods.
- Lab Equipment
My main collaborators are Mike Mendl (Bristol), Lee Niel (OVC), and many current and former students in the US, Canada and the UK.