Scotland’s Rural College
W Mains Rd
Alistair is Chair of Animal Behaviour & Welfare at SRUC, with a primary focus on understanding the biology of positive welfare using behaviour as a starting point, but also using other disciplines and techniques as applicable including physiology, neurobiology, molecular biology and genetics. His team are also interested in the causes and consequences of ‘positive’ behaviour such as play in farm animals and for this have been studying differences between individuals and litters of pigs. They are also interested in developing video recognition of play behaviour given the difficulties in quantifying and recording the behaviour using conventional approaches.