Senior ResearcherAnimal Behaviour and WelfareAnimal and Veterinary Sciences
My research interest lies in understanding the causes and consequences of individual differences in social behaviour (pigs) and the response to human handling (beef cattle).Alongside colleagues, my research also addresses long-standing welfare issues by assessing the role that selective breeding can play in producing animals more suited to the environments in which they are housed. I work closely with major breeding companies developing approaches to measure behaviour and welfare on large numbers of animals and assessing the likely success and wider implications of breeding for novel traits.Current areas of work with pigs focus on:
On beef cattle I have an interest in:
I am a course organiser on the MSc programme on Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and also teach on the on-line MSc programme on International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law. Both of these programmes are run collaboratively between SRUC and the University of Edinburgh. I also teach applied ethology to undergraduate degree programmes within SRUC and the University of Edinburgh.
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Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG
Telephone: 0131 651 9359
Fax: 0131 535 3121