BSc Biology and Biochemistry - Keele University - 2009-2012
MSc Animal Behaviour - Manchester Metropolitan University - 2012-2013
Research Assistant - Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford - 2014-2017
My primary research interests lie in animal behaviour and welfare.
My experience in this area has also lead to a developing interest in circadian rhythm/sleep, stress response, cognitive bias and evolutionary biology.
My personal interests include reading, dog-walking, dancing, playing board games and generally just spending time with my friends and family.
For both my BSc and MSc dissertation projects, I conducted behavioural studies in captive primate species to further understand their social interactions, communications and general behavioural repertoire.
In my role as a research assistant, I have worked as part of a research team to define and implement psychological and physiological assessments of health and wellbeing in non-human primates (NHPs), using a range of established and novel techniques. This aims to refine methods for measuring the welfare of NHPs undergoing regulated procedures required to conduct successful neuroscience research.
For my DPhil research project, I will be working with Dr Caroline Bergmann within the Department of Experimental Psychology, continuing on my work to assess the welfare of research macaques. The project aims to develop and validate a novel ECG device to obtain heart rate variability data, an important component for analysing sympatho-vagal balance, which changes in relation to physiological conditions such as stress, behavioral function and emotional states.