• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

1993 …2022

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Research interests

My main areas of research involve using animal behaviour and other indicators to assess and understand animal welfare. More specifically my research interests are:

  • Welfare assessment measures in cattle: this research involves finding reliable and practical methods for assessing welfare in on-farm conditions
  • The use of precision livestock farming techiques to assess health and welfare
  • Personality/behavioural traits in dairy and beef cattle: involved in a number of projects characterising personality or behavioural traits in cattle, the genetic basis for these traits and how they relate to health and welfare
  • Effect of housing and management on the welfare of dairy cattle and calves
  • Cognition and emotion: investigation of emotional expression of animals and recognition of those states by other animals


Current projects:

  • InnovateUK: WellCalf (2019-2021; £1M). Improving the health and welfare of dairy calves. Led by C-A Duthie.
  • ISCF TFP science and technology into practice: feasibility studies . (2020-2022; £225K).: Identifying best sensor technologies to deliver verifiable health & welfare, environment and processing quality benefits for dairy production. Led by Richard Dewhurst
  • Greenanimo: National Programme 'European Scientific Networks' (2020-2022).
  • Zoetis Europe Ltd.: Developing a Health-related Quality of Life Tools for bovine respiratory disease. £149K (2020-2021).
  • RESAS 2.2.7 Welfare assessment techniques (2016-2020).
  • InnovateUK: D-FLOWS (D-Flows: Data for Livestock Optimisations for Wiser Supply Chains). £750K (2021-2023).


PhD studentship (2016-2020): Factors associated with the housing environment of calves in relation to the prevention of respiratory disease

PhD studentship (2016-2021): The use of advanced technology to enhance monitoring of dairy cow health

PhD studentship (2017-2021): The development and assessment of non-invasive methods of measuring sleep in dairy cows

PhD studentship (2017-2021): Improving the production efficiency and promoting welfare in housed dairy cows by facilitating choice

PhD studentship (2018-2022): The effect of maternal care on the neurobiological, emotional and cognitive development of lambs

PhD studentship (2019-2023): Welfare assessment of salmon within aquaculture in Scotland

PhD studentship (2020-2024): Novel approaches to improving calf health: new technology and data analytics


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