Gareth Arnott
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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.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Open to PhD applications in the area of animal behaviour and welfare.

    Frequent Journals

    • Animal Behaviour

      ISSNs: 0003-3472

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1095-8282

      Academic Press Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.73 SJR 1.493 SNIP 1.071


    • Animal Welfare

      ISSNs: 0962-7286

      Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.78 SJR 0.696 SNIP 1.008


    • Biology Letters

      ISSNs: 1744-9561

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-957X

      Royal Society of London

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.31 SJR 1.924 SNIP 1.228


    • Nature Scientific Reports

      ISSNs: 2045-2322

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2045-2322

      Nature Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.29 SJR 1.414 SNIP 1.24


    • Behavioural Processes

      ISSNs: 0376-6357

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1872-8308


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2 SJR 0.798 SNIP 0.853


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