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Lecturer in Psychology and Advanced Practitioner for Higher Education
MA Psychology from University of Liverpool and MSc Sports Psychology from LJMU and I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsyS).
BSc (Hons) Equine Science & Sports Performance –
Level 4 – Introduction to Sports Psychology for Equestrian Sport
Level 6 – Rider Performance Optimisation
Level 6 – Dissertation
Also contribute to:
Level 5 – Nutrition for Equestrian Sport
Level 6 – Injury and Rehabilitation
BSc (Hons) Equine Science –
Introduction to Sports Psychology & Performance
Level 6 – Honours Research Project
Also contribute to Level 5 – Rider Coaching and Performance
Access to HE – Independent Project unit.
I am interested in the role of cognitive appraisal in emotional response and the development of mental toughness in young athletes. My MSc dissertation compared the appraisal mechanisms and emotional responses of a Grand Prix dressage rider and a developing young rider at Stephen Clarke’s dressage yard.
Outside of college I am a farmer’s wife, living on an organic beef and dairy farm. I am also the mum to a whippet; two rescue Shetland ponies and a Connemara pony called Henry.
Dr Cara Campbell
Lecturer and Course Manager
Cara completed BSc (Hons) in Zoology at University of Dundee, MRes in Animal Nutrition at University of Nottingham, with a thesis investigating nutritional needs in commercial flocks to enhance ewe productivity. Cara has recently completed her PhD at Harper Adams University with her thesis investigating the utilisation of home grown forage legumes in high yielding dairy cows.
- Academic Skills Development
- Biological Systems in Agriculture
- Professional Research Project
- Current Topics in Agricultural Science
- Dissertation Project
- Dairy cow nutrition
- Sheep nutrition
Campbell, C.E.A., Huntington, J.A. and Sinclair, L.A. (2016) The effect of white or coloured flower forage pea silage as a replacement for grass silage on the performance and whole tract digestibility of high yielding dairy cows. Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science, Vol 7, page 121
Campbell, C.E.A., Huntington, J.A. and Sinclair, L.A. (2016) Replacing grass silage with forage pea silages in the diet of dairy cows on milk fatty acid profile. Book of Abstracts of the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science Vol 22, page 270
Campbell, C.E.A., Huntington, J.A. and Sinclair, L.A. (2017) The effect of the addition of hydrolysable tannins to lucerne and red clover silages on the performance and milk fatty acid profile in Holstein-Friesian dairy cows. Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science, Vol 8, page 75
Campbell, C.E.A., Huntington, J.A. and Sinclair, L.A. (2017) The effect of the addition of hydrolysable tannins to lucerne and red clover silages on the performance and whole tract digestibility in Holstein-Friesian dairy cows. ADSA Annual Conference Program, page 75
- Horse riding
Dr Alice Cowie
Advanced Practitioner (Research & Scholarship)
Alice has a PhD in Avian social cognition from the University of St Andrews, an MSc in Animal Behaviour from the University of Exeter, and a BSc (hons) in Animal Biology from the University of Birmingham. Alice has conducted ecological fieldwork in Brazil, Spain and the UK, in addition to spending three months at the University of Vienna studying the behaviour of captive crows and ravens as part of her PhD. Alice taught on the Animal Management BTEC programme at Capel Manor College, London, before joining the team at Reaseheath in September 2015.
- BSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare
- FdSc Animal Management (Behaviour & Welfare)
- FdSc Zoo Management programmes
Module leader for Fundamentals of Animal Biology, Animal Welfare Issues, Principles of Evolution, Animal Cognition, and Animal Social Behaviour.
- Avian Social Cognition
- Bird behaviour
- Animal Welfare and enrichment
Chapter One, ‘What Animals other than Primates can tell us about Human Cultural Transmission’ in ‘Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology: A Critical Synthesis’ (Berghahn Books, New York, 2013)
Animal Sciences and Equine Lecturer
Clare completed BVSc in Veterinary Science at University of Liverpool in 2011, and then worked as a Veterinary Surgeon for 7 years, with a small animal clinical focus. Clare is currently completing AET.
- RC4516 Fundamentals of Animal Biology
- RC4028 Veterinary Immunology and Microbiology
- RC4014 Equine Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
- Feline medicine
- Welfare and behaviour
Clare is interested in fitness and has completed several charity walks, she done Tough Mudder twice and completed a fire walk. Clare has also volunteered as Counsellor at London International Youth Science Forum.
Lecturer and Course Manager for Canine Behaviour and Training
Vangelis has senior managerial experience in operational and educational design, management and evaluation of personnel working in dog programmes. Vangelis began his career as a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler 28 years ago, culminating in his being appointed the Head Manager of the MWD programme of the Hellenic (Greek) Air Force. In parallel, he has continuously sought to gain a holistic view of the human–dog relationship. This endeavour led him to study in the UK and attain a BSc in Social Sciences with Psychological Studies and a MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. From 2010 to 2017 he has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Thessaly in Greece and currently is a PhD candidate studying Dog Assisted Interventions.
Introduction to Canine Training, Introduction to Canine Behaviour, Canine Sensory Perception and Behaviour, Modification of the Canine Behavioural Issues, Further Dog Training and Instructing Skills.
Vangelis’ research interests are dog assisted interventions, behaviour, training, welfare and management. Since 2008, he has been participating in Dog Assisted Intervention programmes (Therapy, Education, Activity) as a designer, co-ordinator, trainer and researcher. Vangelis has presented parts of his research work in this area at many national and international conferences.
- Warrant Officer Diamantakos, E. (ed), Staff Sergeant Kyritsis, C., Staff Sergeant Papageorgiou, S., (2016). Handbook of the Military Working Dog Instructor, Athens: Hellenic Air Force Publications (in Greek).
- Diamantakos, E. (2015) Κυνός…Νους [Kynos…Nous] (free translation Dog’s mind), Athens: psyhalos pbl (in Greek).
- Master Sergeant Diamantakos, E. (2005). Handbook of Military Dogs’ Behaviour, Athens: Hellenic Air Force Publications (in Greek).
- Ioannis Chaniotakis; Diamantakos Evangelos; Mantziaras Georgios; Manousoudakis Andreas and Nikolaos Kostomitsopoulos (2018). Improving Military Dogs’ Welfare: Is there a Place for Handlers’ Beliefs and Perceptions? Society & Animals, DOI: 10.1163/15685306-12341535.
- Lieutenant Haniotakis, Y. Chief Master Sergeant Diamantakos, E. (2013) Listing the possible factors that influence the Welfare of the Military Working Dogs serving in the Hellenic Air Force. Hellenic Air Force Supply Command (in Greek).
- Chief Master Sergeant Diamantakos, E. (2014) The military dog. Past, present and future. Aviation Review Magazine, Hellenic Air Force.
- Diamantakos, E. (2014) Alternative treatment of mental health problems. Animal Assisted Therapy/Activity, Panathinaiki Women’s Association of South Africa, Bilingual periodical publication. South Africa.
- Diamantakos, E. (2011) New horizons in Greece, Animal-Assisted-Activities, The Society for Companion Animal Studies Journal, UK.
Vangelis is a member of the board of trustees of the Society of Companion Animal Studies (the umbrella organisation of the Animal Assisted Interventions in the UK) and the Animal –Assisted Intervention Research Unit of the University of Queensland in Australia. He is a freelance canine behaviour, training, welfare and management consultant and sees dogs on behavioural referral from veterinary surgeons. For more information visit www.evangelosdiamantakos.gr.
Following a career in youth work and environmental education I completed a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and an MPhil focused on effectiveness of mixed species bird enclosures within European Zoos. I have worked in zoo research, conservation education and field conservation at Blackpool Zoo and Chester Zoo. My previous field research includes the social behaviour of black-handed spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) in Costa Rica and the Northwest Dormouse Monitoring Partnership.
- RC6504 Biology and Conservation of Mammals
- RC6506 Dissertation at Reaseheath
- RC6512 Scientific Communication and Zoo Education
- RC6502 Applied Issues in Wildlife Conservation
I am interested in a range of zoo biology and conservation issues including zoo population management and the role of conservation education initiatives. I was research associate for the BIAZA Bird Working Group which included coordination the Mixed Species Aviaries Project from 2011-2015. I also contributed to the IUCN Red List Assessment for the Critically Endangered blue-crowned laughingthrush (Garrulax courtoisi).
Examples of undergraduate dissertation projects supervised:
- E. (2018). Using studbook data to aid population management: A case study of the Eastern bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci)
- Oldridge, M. (2018). Assessing the zoo visitor effect on the AyeAye’s (Daubentonia madagascariensis) at Chester Zoo
- Addison, B. (2017). Investigating the impact of physical attributes on dog rehoming in the UK.
- Wilkinson, R. & Foulds, Y. (2013). European Studbook for the Blue-eyed Cockatoo
- Wilkinson, R. & Foulds, Y. (2012). European Studbook for the Blue-eyed Cockatoo
- Foulds, Y. (2008). Survey of mixed species bird enclosures within British zoo BIAZA Research Newsletter 4
- Foulds, Y. (2008). Survey of mixed species bird enclosures within British zoos. Proceedings of the 10th BIAZA Research Symposium
- Foulds, Y. (2008). Preliminary survey of mixed species bird enclosures in British zoos. BIAZA Research Newsletter 1
- (2012). BIAZA Guide to Implementing and Managing Field Conservation 2012.
- (2012). IUCN Red List Assessment: Blue-crowned laughingthrush (Garrulax courtoisi)
- Palomba, , Foulds-Davis, Y., & Davis, N. (2018).Using studbook data to aid population management: A case study of the Eastern bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci). [Poster] 20th BIAZA Research Symposium, Paignton Zoo, Devon, UK
- Foulds-Davis, Y., Wilkinson, R., & Mettke -Hofmann, C. (2017). Are mixed-species bird enclosures really working? [Presentation] 19th BIAZA Research Symposium, Edinburgh Zoo, UK
- Foulds-Davis, Y., Wilkinson, R., & Mettke -Hofmann, C. (2016). To mix or not to mix? The Mixed Aviaries Project. [Invited Speaker] EAZA Mid-Year Bird Taxon Advisory Meeting, Lagos, Portugal
- Foulds-Davis, Y., Wilkinson, R., & Mettke -Hofmann, C (2014). Mixed Aviaries Project: The results. [Presentation] 9th Annual BIAZA Bird Working Group Meeting, The Hawk Conservancy Trust, UK
- Foulds-Davis, Y., Wilkinson, R., & Mettke -Hofmann, C. (2013). Mixed Aviaries Project: Progress Update 2013. [Presentation] 8th Annual BIAZA Bird Working Group Meeting, Chessington World of Adventures, UK
- Foulds, Y., Wilkinson, R., & Mettke -Hofmann, C. (2013). To mix or not to mix? Evaluating breeding performance in mixed species bird enclosures within European zoological collections. [Poster] LJMU Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Seminar, Liverpool, UK
- Foulds, Y. (2008). Surveying mixed enclosures: Mixed species bird enclosures in British Zoos. 10th BIAZA Research Symposium. The Deep, Hull, UK
- Foulds, Y. (2007). Preliminary survey of mixed species bird enclosures within British zoo collections. 2nd Annual BIAZA Bird Working Group Meeting, Blackpool Zoo, UK
- Chair – UCR Ethics Committee
- Advisor – University of Chester Research Ethics Advisory Board
- External Examiner – Cornwall College/Plymouth University
Advanced Practitioner for Access to HE
Louise gained a BSc (Hons) in Animal Health and Welfare at Harper Adams University. In addition, Louise has previously lectured in Agriculture at Reaseheath. Louise has spent a number of years working within the Agriculture sector specialising predominantly in dairy cow health, breeding and reproduction. Louise has her own award-winning milking herd, Distinctive Holsteins which has been established for the last 8 years.
Louise is module leader for a range of modules including Principles of Animal Disease, Animal Husbandry & Handling, Managing the Milk Supply & Diversification and Farm Animal Health. Louise is also course manager for Access to Higher Education.
- Dairy cow behaviour and welfare correlated with performance
- Dairy cow health, breeding and reproduction
- Horse riding
Alison completed BSc (Hons) Biology at Southampton University and MSc Biological Diversity at Plymouth University. After graduation I worked mostly in education at London Zoo, London Aquarium and Bournemouth Oceanarium. Following a period living in Mexico, I then moved to academia, working as a research assistant in Applied Sciences at Bournemouth University. While at Bournemouth University, I set up a study on the conservation of the critically endangered Temminck’s colobus in The Gambia. This has expanded in scope due to an upgrade in their conservation status. I have worked for the BBC Natural History Unit previously, researching primate behaviour. I was credited on the 2014 BBC series ‘Monkey Planet’.
- Zoo Management
- Animal Welfare and Behaviour
- Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
- Conservation of endangered wildlife and human conflict (at present the conservation of western red colobus in West Africa)
- Taxonomy and wildlife conservation
- Environmental Education
Dry season drinking from terrestrial man-made watering holes in arboreal wild Temminck’s red colobus, The Gambia. Primate Biology. A P. Hillyer, R. Armstrong and A.H. Korstjens (http://www.primate-biol.net/2/21/2015/).
Chapter 11 ‘Primates and climate change: a review of current knowledge’ in An Introduction to Primate Conservation. Edited by Serge A. Wich and Andrew J. Marshall. Oxford University Press, 2016.
IUCN Red Colobus Action Plan. Contributor to the plan for the subspecies: Temminck’s red colobus Piliocolobus badius temminckii (2018).
Reassessment of the conservation status of Temminck’s colobus, Piliocolobus badius temminckii; a plea for long-term research in The Gambia. A. P. Hillyer, A. H. Korstjens, R. Armstrong and F. Leendertz (in prep).
Red Colobus Ecology. A. H. Korstjens, A. P. Hillyer and Kone, I. (in prep.).
Painting and art in general, freediving, playing the ukulele, travelling and languages.
Lecturer and Course Manager
Christian holds a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Primate Conservation. He has spent over 6 months working in Indonesian Borneo with the Borneo Nature Foundation, leading a multitude of biodiversity surveys as well as assisting with primate follows and habitat restoration projects. As part of his MSc work, Christian has spent a further 3 months in Uganda’s Budongo Forest to further understanding on the effects of forest fragmentation and human disturbance on wild chimpanzees. Following on from this Christian worked as the Education & Research Officer at Blackpool Zoo, and has recently spent time in Madagascar’s protected forests to assist with projects focussing on ethnoprimatological research topics involving the island’s lemur species and local people.
- Population & Community Ecology & Management
- Technological Advancements in Conservation
- Introduction to Environmental Science
- Conservation Biology & Biodiversity
- Zoo Animal Behaviour
Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife (particularly primate species), effects of management practices on zoo-housed animals/providing data for evidence-based practice
Howell, C. P., & Cheyne, S. M. (2018). Complexities of Using Wild versus Captive Activity Budget Comparisons for Assessing Captive Primate Welfare. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 1-19.
Howell, C. P. (In press) Poo At The Zoo: Free, Fascinating & Underrated. BIAZA News: Autumn 2018.
McLennan, M. R., Howell, C. P., Bardi, M., & Heistermann, M. (2019). Are human-dominated landscapes stressful for wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)?. Biological Conservation, 233, 73-82.
Howell, C. P. (2019). Studying faecal glucocorticoid metabolite (FGCM) concentrations in East African chimpanzees in Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda. Canopy, 19(2), 20-23.
Lecturer and Course Manager
Finn gained a BSc (Hons) in International Wildlife Biology at University of South Wales, before proceeding to an MSc Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter. Finns theses focused on the behaviour of birds. Finn has field experience in South Africa and Borneo, and has also worked on conservation and behaviour projects in the UK.
Finn is currently involved with a range of subjects including multiple Animal Welfare modules, statistical analysis and Biology and Conservation of Birds.
Academic interests include Ornithology, the role of animal behaviour in conservation biology and animal social networks.
McCully F, Croft D, Lee R, et al. 2014. Personality as a characteristic of social position in captive flamingo flocks. Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Winter Conference 2014; 2014 Dec 4–5; London, UK.
Lecturer and Course Manager
Olly holdsgained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology with Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Following this, Olly has 11 years of experience of zookeeping at Knowsley Safari working with large carnivores and ungulates. Olly holds an MSc in Conservation Biology from Manchester Metropolitan University, completing his MSc research project on faecal detection of livestock predation in South African carnivores. Olly also spent 3 years as a Research and Conservation Team member at Knowsley Safari.
- Zoos and Conservation
- Behavioural Enrichment and Training
- Zoo Animal Nutrition
- Exotic Animal Husbandry and Welfare
- Zoo Animal Training
- Carnivore behaviour and ecology
- Zoo behavioural management
Advanced Practitioner in Higher Education, Course Manager and Programme Leader
Kevin has featured as part of the University Centre’s core lecturing team for the past eight years. Kevin holds an MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity with the University of Exeter, and has since extended his training both in the UK and overseas undertaking research activities and consultancy on snake ecology and conservation.
Kevin’s teaching remit is exclusively with the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation & Ecology, and includes modules in Ecological Survey & Census Skills; Conservation of British Habitats; Biology & Conservation of Herpetofauna; and Wildlife in the Media
Snake Ecology & Conservation – Kevin’s research focuses on the habitat use of European adder (Vipera berus) and the wider implications for habitat management practices.
Palmer, K. (2005). Lacerta (Zootoca) vivipara (Viviparous or Common lizard): alternate green colour phase. Herpetological Bulletin, 92, 30.
Palmer, K. (2010). Conspicuously coloured tails in Vipera berus: a case of caudal tail luring? Herpetological Bulletin, 110, 36-37.
Palmer, K. (2011). Vegetation structure at basking sites of the adder Vipera berus: Implications for site management. Herpetological Bulletin, 117, 25-27.
Lecturer and Course Manager
Ellie has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Wales, Bangor, spending the second year at Oregon State University. She completed her Master’s thesis at Western Washington University, where she also spent two years as a teaching assistant on zoology, ecology and herpetology courses. She has spent three years working at Jersey Zoo and ZSL London Zoo, and spent six months on a conservation expedition with GVI in Ecuador. Ellie is also a member of BIAZA’s Record Keeping Group.
Ellie teaches on BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare and FdSc Zoo Management.
Module Leader for Animal Husbandry and Handling, Practical Skills in Animal Husbandry, Zoos and Conservation and Academic Skills for the Animal Sciences
- Herpetology, with a focus on foraging theory
- Animal physiology, with a focus on environmental physiology
Master’s Thesis: Foraging Behaviour in Gambelia wislizenii, the long-nosed leopard lizard, in Harney county, Oregon, available on Research Gate
Dr. Hannah Shaw
Course Manager and Lecturer
Hannah has an MSci in Veterinary Biosciences from the University of Glasgow where her dissertation was on Equine Trypanasomiasis. Hannah has recently completed her PhD with her thesis ‘Cryptosporidiosis in calves’ through the Moredun Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Previous work also includes 6 months at Chester Zoo along with a volunteer program assessing the health of green and leatherback turtles in Costa Rica.
- Introduction to Data Handling and Analysis
- Principles of Animal Disease
- Veterinary Physiology
- Mammalian Biochemistry
- Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology
Hannah is a keen livestock parasitologist having worked on many farms during her PhD. She is also very interested in farm animal welfare and biosecurity having given many farmer and vet talks in the past. She has also given interviews for Farmers Weekly and the Farmers Guardian.
Farmers Weekly: ‘Crypto could cost £200 a case: here’s how to deal with it’
Wells B, Shaw H, Hotchkiss E, Gilray J, Ayton R, Green J, Katzer F, Wells A and Innes, E.A. Prevalence, speciation and genotyping Cryptosporidium from livestock and deer in a catchment in the Cairngorms with a history of a contaminated public water supply.
Wells B, Shaw H, Innocent G, Guido S, Hotchkiss E, Parigi M, Opsteegh M, Green J, Gillespie S, Innes EA, Katzer F. Molecular detection of Toxoplasma gondii in water samples from Scotland and a comparison between the 529bp real-time PCR and ITS1 nested PCR.
Shaw H. ‘Cryptosporidiosis in Calves’
In her spare time Hannah is a keen horse rider and snowboarder.
Course Manager and Lecturer
Forrest has a BSc in Behavioural Science, and an MSc in Family and Child Psychology. She has worked with domestic, farm and wild animals in Australia, including growing up on a 3000 acre dairy farm. Forrest is interested in the human/animal connection, and the impact humans and animals can have on each other’s welfare. As an Australian Natural horse woman Forrest has worked closely with owners and abused animals to support their recovery. Forrest is now focusing on improving the industry of Animal Assisted Interventions and encouraging individuals to embrace positive relationships between humans and animals.
Forrest teaches various modules across Animal Management, Equine and Countryside.
- Animal Form and Function
- Equine Anatomy and Physiology
- Canine Husbandry and Welfare
- Research Methods
- Study Skills/Academic Skills
- Positive impact of animal assisted interventions
- Improving domestic animal welfare, public understanding and knowledge of animal welfare
- Utilizing animals to support individuals with disabilities, mental health difficulties and poor confidence improve their wellbeing
Forrest is an avid animal fan and focuses much of her time on animal related activities. One of her main passions is rehabilitating animals, particularly horses, through kind means and she is an Australian Natural horse woman. Forrest also enjoys exploring the English countryside and travelling. This is due to living in Australia until she was 21 – travelling to exotic places is slightly harder to do when stuck on the world’s largest island!
Dr. Miriam Thavarajah (Fenkes)
HE Lecturer in Research Skills and Course Manager for L4 BSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare
Miriam completed undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Cologne, Germany, in 2008 with a dissertation on circadian rhythms in wild fallow deer and mouflon sheep. Miriam then volunteered as a research assistant on a PhD project studying wild slender mongooses in the South African Kalahari desert from 2008-2009. Whilst completing MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Nature Conservation at the University of Potsdam, Miriam returned to the Kalahari to conduct research for dissertation on chemical communication in mongooses (slender mongooses, yellow mongooses and meerkats). In 2011 Miriam returned once more to South Africa as a research assistant working with meerkats in the Kalahari desert and African dwarf mongooses in the Lowveld area surrounding Kruger National Park. Miriam has recently completed her PhD with the University of Manchester, studying the impact of climate change and global warming on brown trout reproduction.
- BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare, L4: Behavioural Data Analysis & Project Design
- FdSc Animal Management (Behaviour & Welfare), FdSc Canine Behaviour & Training and FdSc Zoo Management, L4: Scientific Data Collection & Analysis
- FdSc Canine Behaviour & Training, L5: Research Methods
- Animal behaviour and communication
- Reproductive biology
- Conservation biology and physiology
- Experimental design and research methods in the animal sciences
Fenkes M, Fitzpatrick JL, Ozolina K, Shiels HA and Nudds RL. (2017). Sperm in hot water: Direct and indirect thermal challenges interact to impact on brown trout sperm quality. Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 2513-2520.
Fenkes M. (2017). Salmon runs in hot water? Biological Sciences Review. 29(4): 34-37.
Fenkes M, Shiels HA, Fitzpatrick JL and Nudds RL. (2016). The potential impacts of migratory difficulty, including warmer waters and altered flow conditions, on the reproductive success of salmonid fishes. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 193: 11-21.
delBarco-Trillo J, Greene LK, Braga Gonzalves I, Fenkes M, Wisse JH, Drewe JA, Manser MB, Clutton-Brock TH and Drea CM. (2016). Beyond aggression: Androgen-receptor blockade modulates social interaction in wild meerkats. Hormones and Behaviour 78: 95-106.
Thavarajah NK, Fenkes M and Clutton-Brock TH. (2014). The determinants of dominance relationships among subordinate females in the cooperatively breeding meerkat. Behaviour 151(1): 89-102.
Lecturer and Course Manager
Nathan has an honours degree from Plymouth University and has an extensive research background, having conducted research for several projects at several universities. He worked in South Africa for several years at the Kalahari Meerkat Project and the Dwarf Mongoose Project in Greater Kruger, which led to a continued interest in the social dynamics of group living species, from dominance hierarchies to the formation of social bonds. He has also conducted behavioural and ecological research in Svalbard, as well as physiological research at the University of Manchester.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Research Methods
- Scientific Data Handling and Analysis
- Application of Behaviour for Conservation
- Animal Behaviour
- Social dynamics of group living species
- Animal Behaviour
Dubuc, C., English, S., Thavarajah, N., Dantzer, B., Sharp, S. P., Spence-Jones, H. C., Gaynor, D., & Clutton-Brock, T. H., 2017. Increased food availability raises eviction rate in a cooperative breeding mammal. Biology Letters 13 (4).
Thavarajah, N., Tickle, P.G., Nudds, R.L. & Codd, J.R., 2016. The peacock train does not handicap cursorial locomotor performance. Nature Scientific Reports 6.
Huchard, E., English, S., Bell, M.B.V., Thavarajah, N. & Clutton-Brock, T.H., 2016. Competitive growth in a cooperative mammal. Nature 533, 532-534.
Thavarajah, N., 2016. Front cover photograph. Nature 533, 532-534.
Wilkinson, H., Thavarajah, N., Codd, J., 2015. The metabolic cost of walking on an incline in the Peacock (Pavo cristatus). Peerj 3.
Bell, M.B.V., Cant, M.A., Borgeaud, C., Thavarajah, N., Samson, J., Clutton-Brock, T.H., 2014 Suppressing subordinate reproduction provides benefits to dominants in cooperative societies of meerkats. Nature Communication 5.
Thavarajah N.K., Fenkes M., Clutton-Brock T.H., 2014 The determinants of dominance relationships among subordinate females in the cooperatively breeding meerkat. Behaviour 151(1), 89-102.
Leclaire S, Nielsen J. F, Thavarajah N. K, Manser M and Clutton-Brock T.H., 2013. Odour-based kin discrimination in the cooperatively breeding meerkat. Biology Letters 9.
Nielsen J, F., English S, Goodal-Copestake W. P, Wang J, Walling C. A, Bateman A. W, Flower T. P, Sutcliffe R. L, Samson J, Thavarajah N. K, Kruuk, L. E. B, Clutton-Brock T. H, Pemberton J. M., 2012. Inbreeding and inbreeding depression of early life traits in a cooperative mammal. Molecular Ecology 21 (11), 2788 – 2804.
Thavarajah, N., 2008. Predator – Human Conflict as Influenced by Livestock Depredation. Grassroots: Newsletter of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa. Vol 8 (3), 11 – 18.
Programme Leader and Course Manager
Becx holds a BSc in Animal Behaviour and MSc Behavioural Ecology and, before returning to academia in a lecturing capacity, spent 7 years working in the eco-tourism industry in Southern & Eastern Africa, predominantly Zambia, where she was involved in multiple community education programmes and several conservation projects. Becx has led both horse back and driven safaris and headed up ridden snare removal and anti-poaching teams in the upper Zambezi River systems.
- Introduction to Behaviour in Animals – BSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare
- Behavioural Ecology – FdSc Animal Management (Behaviour & Welfare) and BSc Wildlife Conservation & Ecology
- Zoo Animal Welfare – FdSc Zoo Management
With a specific personal interest in the behaviour and ecology of African mammals, Becx teaching and research interests are in behavioural ecology, captive animal behaviour & welfare and practical applications of behaviour for conservation. Becx also has a special interest in the behaviour, ecology and conservation of wild equids.
Whitefield, B., Nevison, C. & Raisin, C. 2004. The ‘peanut shuttle’: the effect of a feeding device on stereotypy and foraging behaviour in captive female Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Proceedings of the British Journal of Animal Science.
Becx plays polo and has three ponies, all ex-racehorses which she has retrained herself.