Quantitative Animal ScientistIntegrative Animal SciencesAnimal & Veterinary Sciences
I am an ecologist with broad research interests spanning pure (life history strategies, co-operation, hormonal control of behaviour) and applied (adaptation to climate change, improving the efficiency of food production, conservation of biodiversity) aspects of biology.My interests converge around the theme of how animals cope with environmental change. My work at SRUC aims to help farming adapt to climate change by improving our understanding of animals’ responses to weather-related stressors. This work has generated media interest. Presently I am investigating how environmental factors drive feeding decisions, and the extent to which genetics play a role. By improving our understanding of animals' responses we can develop tools to minimise declines in productivity while improving welfare, feed efficiency and/or sustainability. While dairy cows are the focus of my work at SRUC, I am also investigating ways to breed more efficient beef cattle and have carried out research consultancy for the poultry industry.I have a long-standing interest in life history strategies, which I have explored using field studies, behavioural experiments and/or analysis of long-term demographic data. I am currently researching the genetic and environmental factors influencing life history decisions in dairy cows. I previously investigated social and/or reproductive conflicts in African striped mice (Alternative Female Reproductive Tactics, South African National Research Foundation Freestanding Fellowship, University of the Witwatersrand), and between pairs of zebra finches (Sexual Conflict during Incubation, NERC-funded PhD, University of Glasgow).
I developed and lead the annual British Society for Animal Science (BSAS) R and Statistics Workshop, which takes place at the University of Leeds (2013 to present). I am also a guest lecturer on the MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law course at the University of Glasgow. I have supervised five Honours projects in animal behaviour or behavioural ecology.As a Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand I co-ordinated the postgraduate-level ‘Statistics using R’ course, and lectured on the Yr. 3 ‘Animal Behaviour’ and Yr. 2 ‘Reproductive Biology’ modules.
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Quantitative Animal Scientist
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