Jenny Watkins

Role

Undergraduate Lecturer: FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Conservation and BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare (top-up)

Lecturer for modules including: Animal Biology, Animal Health and Welfare, Wildlife Conservation, Animal Cognition and Neuroscience, Behavioural Ecology, Applied Sampling Methods in Conservation.

Selection of Supervised Undergraduate Projects

Selection of supervised undergraduate projects:

  • Does appropriate cognitive enrichment improve welfare of (pet) rats?
  • How does utilisation by native wildlife differ between areas of ancient woodland?
  • What enrichment types induce positive behaviour change in reptiles?
  • What animal, enclosure and other factors influence visitor stay times at various species enclosures (e.g. rock hyrax, gundi, Lake Malwi cichlids)?
  •  How does religion affect people's perception of animal welfare?
  • What factors are associated with parasite load in a wild rabbit population in East Sussex?

Research Interests

Research Interests

I completed my Ph.D. on the lateralisation of auditory learning and processing in the domestic chick, under Dr. Andrew. After my Ph.D. I was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sussex, focusing on the lateralisation of visual functioning in zebrafish. I have since specialised in teaching animal health and biology, with a further interest in wildlife conservation leading to a long-standing relationship with Mankwe reserve in South Africa. I have supervised student projects on a variety of topics, but remain particularly interested in brain lateralisation.

Education & Publications

B.Sc. Zoology (University of Edinburgh)

Ph.D. Neuroscience (University of Sussex)

PGCE (University of Brighton)

Selected Publications

Watkins, J., Miklosi, A., Andrew R.J. (2004) Early asymmetries in the behaviour of zebrafish larvae. Behavioural Brain Research, 5(151), 177-183.


Jes Hooper

Role

Undergraduate Lecturer: FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Conservation and BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare (top-up)

Lecturer for modules including:

  • Management of Animal Collections,
  • Principles of Conservation, Human-Animal Interactions,
  • Animal Behaviour and Communication,
  • Applied Sampling Methods in Conservation.

Selection of Supervised Undergraduate Projects

Selection of supervised undergraduate projects:

  • What are the welfare conditions of civets enrolled in the exotic pet trade and are welfare concerns recognised by Instagram users?
  • How and why do public attitudes to animal welfare differ between research animals, livestock, pets and wildlife (and how does this relate to consumption of animal products)?
  • How do captive primates utilise their enclosure space and what factors influence their activity budget?
  • How are vegans perceived by non-vegans and what motivates a change of dietary choice regarding the consumption of animal products?
  • How do visitors engage with the giant anteater in the zoo and how does signage affect this engagement?
  • How are wild animals portrayed in UK news media and how does this shape public attitudes towards and treatment of these species?

Research Interests

Research Interests

I am interested in conservation, anthrozoology, wildlife rehabilitation, and welfare. My experience includes working as a field assistant for illegal primate pet research in Mexico City, where I also collected observational and physiological data of wild Atelinae and Alouatta sp. in protected and fragmented habitats. In addition, I spent four years as the primate behaviourist and enrichment coordinator at the Ecoparque el Fenix Monkey Sanctuary in Mexico. As part of my work here, I delivered educational workshops to both the public and staff in the field to highlight the conservation and welfare impacts of the illegal primate pet trade. In addition, I acted as a welfare advisor to local zoos and animal collections, alongside designing and implementing enrichment for the primate population. Since returning from Mexico, I continued to work closely with primates as a zoo keeper as Drusilla’s Park Zoo, as well as overseeing the zoo’s research objectives, before moving to Plumpton College.

Education

FdSc. Animal Science (University of Brighton)

B.Sc. (top-up) Animal Science and Management (Royal Agricultural University)

M.Sc. Primate Conservation (Oxford Brookes University)


Emma Quigley

Role

Undergraduate Lecturer: FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Conservation and BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare (top-up)

Lecturer for modules including:

  • Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling,
  • Applied Animal Behaviour Management,
  • Animal Learning & Training.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

I specialise in domestic animal behaviour, training and welfare. I have worked in the animal industry for over 15 years in a range of different careers. This included time spent working in police boarding kennels which involved working with dangerous and banned dog breeds which have been seized by the police. After this I worked in animal rescue working alongside animal rescue organisation such as the RSPCA to oversee the rehabilitation and rehoming of animals especially dogs and cats. I have also worked in several livery and competition yards with a variety of horses managing and resolving behaviour problems. For the last few years I have worked as an animal behaviour consultant dealing with behaviour problems in cats and dogs.

Education

B.Sc. (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare (Anglia Ruskin University)

PGCE (University of Greenwich)

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