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Research interests

My research addresses fundamental, welfare-relevant questions of animal behaviour and cognition.  I am interested in why domestic animals do what they do, and what implications this has for their welfare, health, productivity and management.

Current projects are on detectable behavioural changes during subclinical inflammation and on play as improving as well indicating welfare.

Research Keywords

  • social behaviour
  • individual response profiles
  • farm animal cognition
  • play behaviour
  • subclinical inflammation, behaviour and welfare


Research funders 

BBSRC, INNOVATE, EU FP6, Defra, John Oldacre Foundation, RSPCA


Research Collaborators

Dr Liesbeth Bolhuis (Wageningen) - pig social behaviour and cognition

Prof Bill Browne (Bristol) - welfare indicators

Prof Richard Byrne (St Andrews) - pig social behaviour and cognition

Dr Andrew Janczak (Oslo) - subclinical inflammation and behaviour

Prof Georgia Mason (Guelph) - maternal behavioural profiles in pigs 

Dr Luca Melotti (Bern) - play

Prof Mike Mendl (Bristol) - pig social behaviour and cognition, welfare indicators, individual response profiles, maternal behavioural profiles  in pigs

Prof Christine Nicol (RVC) - welfare indicators and emotion transfer in chickens

Dr Liz Paul (Bristol) - welfare indicators and emotion transfer in chickens

Dr Nicola Rooney (Bristol) - pet rabbit behaviour and welfare, play





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