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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 2017 2019

Research Output 2007 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

Open Access
File
Aptitude
Wounds and Injuries
Costs and Cost Analysis
Animal Welfare
Socialization
1 Citation (Scopus)

Increased aggressive motivation towards formidable opponents: Evidence of a novel form of mutual assessment

Kareklas, K., McMurray, R. & Arnott, G., 01 Jul 2019, In : Animal Behaviour. 153, p. 33-40 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fighting
asymmetry
fish
parental investment
accuracy assessment

Pasture access affects behavioral indicators of wellbeing in dairy cows.

Crump, A., Jenkins, K., Bethell, E. J., Ferris, C. & Arnott, G., 01 Nov 2019, In : Animals.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
dairy cows
pastures
walking
Walking
herds

Playful pigs: early life play-fighting experience influences later life contest dynamics.

Weller, J., Camerlink, I., Turner, S., Farish, M. & Arnott, G., 25 Oct 2019, In : Animal Behaviour.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prizes

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

Catriona Toner (Recipient), Gareth Arnott (Recipient), Gillian Riddell (Recipient), Hansjoerg Kunc (Recipient), Jessica Kerr (Recipient), Lorraine Scott (Recipient), Mark Gallagher (Recipient) & Neil Reid (Recipient), 01 Feb 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2007 2019

Using principles from behavioural ecology to address applied animal welfare issues.

Gareth Arnott (Invited speaker)
May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Using principles from behavioural ecology to address applied animal welfare issues.

Gareth Arnott (Invited speaker)
May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Using principles from behavioural ecology to address applied animal welfare issues.

Gareth Arnott (Invited speaker)
Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Winter conference

Gareth Arnott (Speaker)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Broader Perspectives on Animal Contests

Gareth Arnott (Organiser)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference