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20072020

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Research Interests

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.

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Projects

Research Output

The association between play fighting and information gathering during subsequent contests

Weller, J., Turner, S., Farish, M., Camerlink, I. & Arnott, G., 24 Jan 2020, In : Scientific Reports.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Advantages of social skills for contest resolution.

    Camerlink, I., Turner, S., Farish, M. & Arnott, G., 09 May 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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    Effect of production system on the health, performance and carcass characteristics of Holstein bulls

    Rutherford, N., Lively, F. & Arnott, G., Apr 2019, In : Advances in Animal Biosciences. 10, Special Issue 1, 1 p., 037.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

    Evaluating rumen temperature during the pre-slaughter phase as a predictor for meat quality

    Rutherford, N., Lively, F. & Arnott, G., 29 Jun 2019, Proceedings of the 9th European conference on Precision Livestock Farming.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Prizes

    Queen's University Belfast 'Team of the Year Award' Nomination 2017/18

    Lorraine McKendrick (Recipient), Sarah Helyar (Recipient), Catriona Toner (Recipient), Jessica Kerr (Recipient), Gillian Riddell (Recipient), Gareth Arnott (Recipient), Hansjoerg Kunc (Recipient), Mark Gallagher (Recipient) & Neil Reid (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    International Society for Applied Ethology regional UK and Ireland meeting.

    Gareth Arnott (Advisor), Lucy Oldham (Speaker)
    2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    International Society for Applied Ethology regional UK and Ireland meeting.

    Gareth Arnott (Advisor), Tori McEvoy (Speaker)
    2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    International Society for Applied Ethology regional UK and Ireland meeting.

    Gareth Arnott (Advisor), Uri Baqueiro Espinosa (Speaker)
    2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    International Society for Applied Ethology regional UK and Ireland meeting.

    Gareth Arnott (Advisor), Andrew Crump (Speaker)
    2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Animal Behaviour (Journal)

    Gareth Arnott (Editor)
    2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity