0131 651 9356
Animal & Veterinary Sciences,
SRUC, Roslin Institute Building,
Easter Bush, Midlothian
My research uses animal behaviour as a way to measure animal welfare, or to understand and solve animal welfare problems which involve behaviour.
- Behaviour-related welfare problems in pigs: social aggression, tail biting and mounting, and genetics of animal temperament in relation to these problems.
- Hunger in ration-fed animals (dry sows and broiler breeder chickens). Using behaviour, motivation, neurophysiology and gut physiology to understand, measure and ameliorate the problem.
- Precision livestock farming- collaborating to develop and validate agri-technology such as machine vision cameras and other sensors to monitor behaviour, health and welfare on farm.
- Analysis of how wider drivers and issues impact animal welfare and policy (including trade, regulations, economics and climate change).