University Centre Reaseheath is proud to launch its first Public Lecture Series.
These events are free and open to everyone.
Whichever of our Public Lectures is of interest to you, we look forward to welcoming you to the University Centre.
Does your feed help health and well being for your equine?
Caroline Dickens, Area Feed Adviser for Baileys Horse Feeds
Thursday 19th April, 7.30 – 9pm
Over 20 years of experience as a Feed Advisor in the industry, Caroline has a wealth of knowledge that she is keen for you to hear!
Could your equine have more or less energy?
Could your equine have better skin, coat or hoof?
Have you ever considered how by balancing your feed against the fibre you serve your horses or ponies may positively affect their everyday and working lives?
Come and listen to how easy and cost effective it can be!
Do Zoo Elephants contribute to Elephant Conservation?
Dr Paul Rees, Senior Lecturer in Wildlife at University of Salford
Thursday 17th May, 7.30 – 9pm
Paul was born in Cardiff, Wales and studied Environmental Biology at the University of Liverpool (1974-77). He then attained his PhD on the ecology and management of feral cats at the University of Bradford. Later on Paul completed teacher training, studied for a Masters degree in Environmental Law and was also awarded a Certificate in Education Management. He took up his current appointment at Salford in 1998.
In 2002 Paul introduced Wildlife Programmes at Salford and in 2005 established the first undergraduate programme in the UK focusing on zoo biology (BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology).
His teaching interests are primarily in zoo biology, animal ecology and behaviour, and wildlife law.
Paul’s research interests include the behaviour and welfare of animals in zoos (especially elephants), the ecology and behaviour of mammals (particularly African large mammals), biological education and wildlife law. He has a particular interest in the importance of policy and legislation in influencing the pivotal role of zoos in the conservation of biodiversity and the welfare of animals living in zoos.
This talk will consider the reasons that zoos give for keeping elephants and the prospects of these animals making a real contribution to conservation in the light of international concerns about captive elephant welfare and a trend towards moving elephants from zoos to sanctuaries.
The good, the bad, and the ugly: Who is really benefiting from moving in groups?
Dr Steve Portugal, Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, London
Thursday 14th June, 7.30 – 9pm
Steve is a comparative ecophysiologist. He is Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Physiology at Royal Holloway, University of London.
His work focuses on how animals adapt their behaviour and ecology to the challenges of their environment, within the constraints of their own physiological and anatomical limitations. Such questions are particularly important in the light of global environmental change and exploitation of natural resources, in the emerging field of conservation physiology.
Many species are highly gregarious and form large groups. These groups can serve multiple functions, such as enhancing predator detection and increasing foraging efficiency. Another key feature of why animals live in groups can be the benefits brought during collective locomotion. Travelling in groups can provide aero- or hydro- dynamic benefits, while groups of animals are known to home quicker, and more efficiently, than individuals travelling alone. However, such benefits are not always distributed equally throughout group members, and some individuals within a group will be benefitting disproportionally from travelling in groups, while others may be experiencing negative consequences. What determines how costs or benefits are distributed within a group is not fully understood, with both individual physiological and personality-based traits likely to play a role. This talk will present data looking at situations where benefits of travelling in groups are equally, and non-equally distributed amongst members, and examine the underlying causes (physiological, behavioural, morphological) of this variation. Using a combination of bio logging, respirometry and behavioural observations, case studies will focus on flocking in birds, the influence of dominance and social rank on movements in naked-mole rats, and how personality traits determine flock positioning in pigeons.
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