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    United Kingdom

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20072021

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I am a biologist interested in many aspects of animal behaviour and welfare. I have a research track record in animal contest behaviour, using predictions derived from game theory to better understand the information-gathering and decision-making processes underlying aggressive interactions.

I study a number of different animal species, including vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition to studying fundamental aspects of animal contest behaviour, I am also interested in addressing applied animal welfare problems associated with aggression. In this regard, I currently collaborate with researchers in Edinburgh on a project aimed at minimising aggression in pigs to improve welfare following regrouping. Another applied aspect that I am interested in is behavioural problems in dogs, including aggression.

I have published work across a number of important animal behaviour and animal welfare topics. For animal behaviour, this includes; contest behaviour, sexual selection, animal personality, lateralization, cooperation, animal signals/displays, sex differences in behaviour, and behaviour related to conservation. For animal welfare this includes; dairy cow welfare, effects of early life stress (including prenatal), aggression in pigs, tail biting in pigs, effects of large litter size in pigs.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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