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Research Interests

My research considers the evolution of social skills and intelligence in mammals, particularly elephants. Over time, this has grown into a wider interest in the conservation and management of savannah elephant populations, so my research now aims to use knowledge of animal behaviour and cognition to develop sustainable, fair and effective conservation policies and practices. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I'm the coordinator for The Science of Psychology module, the first module of the online MSc Psychology (conversion) degree. I also supervise undergraduate research project degrees, and teach on the first year (L4) Perspectives in Psychology and Animal Behaviour modules. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Chimpanzee travel and feeding, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 23 May 2005

MSc, Human Biology, Institute of Biological Anthropology, University of Oxford

1 Oct 20001 Oct 2001

Award Date: 30 Oct 2001

BA (Hons), Experimental Psychology, Oriel College, University of Oxford

4 Oct 199715 Jun 2000

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

External positions

Board Member, Elephant Specialist Advisory Group of South Africa

1 Jul 2013 → …


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