The Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare Research Group comprises a unique team of internationally-renowned researchers working at the forefront of, and interface between, animal behaviour, cognition, health and welfare.
Our Mission is to use an inter-disciplinary approach to translate fundamental research in behaviour and cognition, to provide innovative, practical solutions for the benefit of animal health, welfare and society.
We collaborate both nationally and internationally with other leading universities, charities, governmental organisations and businesses. Substantial research funding in the group has been obtained from:
In addition, we offer consultancy to those wishing to work with leading authorities in their field. This includes members of the animal care and pet food industry, agricultural producers, veterinary pharmaceutical companies, television and other media as well as clinical behaviour services.
Our facilities include internationally recognised behaviour, perception and cognition laboratories.
|Dr Anjuli Barber||
Cognitive Biology Dog-Human Interaction Emotion Face Processing
|Prof Oliver Burman||Reader
Animal behaviour, cognition and welfare
|Dr Colin Butter||Reader in Bioveterinary Science
Avian and comparative immunology
Animal cognition and communication
|Dr Jonathan Cooper||Principal Lecturer
Animal behaviour and welfare
|Dr Sarah Ellis||Research Fellowemail@example.com
|Dr Lauren Finka||Research Fellow
Assessment of pain in cats
|Dr Sophie Hall||Research Fellow
|Ben Keep||Research Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prof Daniel Mills||Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine
|Sophie Moszuti||Research Assistantemail@example.com|
|Teresa Romero||Senior Lecturer
Animal behaviour, cognition and welfare
|Dr Karen Staines||Research Fellow
|Dr Anna Wilkinson||Senior Lecturer
|Dr Hannah Wright||Visiting Fellowfirstname.lastname@example.org
|Dr Helen Zulch||Visiting Fellow|
Emile van der Zee (School of Psychology); Kerstin Meints (School of Psychology); Kun Guo (School of Psychology); Bonaventura Majolo (School of Psychology); Todd Hogue (School of Psychology); Petra Pollux (School of Psychology); Karen Pfeffer (School of Psychology); Derek Foster (School of Computer Science); Conor Linehan (School of Psychology, University of Cork); John Murray (School of Computer Science, University of Hull); Georgios Tzimiropoulos (School of Computer Science); Ted Fuller (Lincoln Business School); Diane Ryland (Lincoln Law School); Charles Deeming (School of Life Sciences); Fernando Montealegre-Z (School of Life Sciences); Tom Pike (School of Life Sciences).
tel: + 44 (0)1522 886654
A sample of recently funded projects include:
Development of a tool to assess and monitor quality of life in dogs, Dogs Trust: Dr Sophie Hall, Prof Daniel Mills
Impact of dogs in the office on employee commitment, social relations and work quality of life, Nestle Purina: Dr Sophie Hall, Prof Daniel Mills
Looking at dogs to help defeat the age of loneliness: Nestle Purina: Dr Teresa Romero, Dr Kun Guo, Prof Daniel Mills
Automated predictive welfare assessment in groups of fish, NC3Rs: Prof Oliver Burman, Dr Tom Pike.
Evaluating the human canine bond in families with and without specific needs, Dogs Trust: Dr Sophie Hall, Prof Daniel Mills
Stimulus information can aid explosive detection in rats, Dstl: Dr Anna Wilkinson, Dr Helen Zulch, Dr Tom Pike
Cold-blooded Care: Are cognitive judgement bias tests appropriate for use with reptiles? RSPCA: Dr Anna Wilkinson, Dr Oliver Burman
Assessment and early detection of pain in cats, Feline Friends: Prof Daniel Mills
Use of Imepitoin for anxiety related problems, Boehringer Ingelheim: Prof Daniel Mills
Categorisation of odours in dogs, Office of Naval Research Global: Dr Helen Zulch, Dr Anna Wilkinson, Dr Ruth Croxton
Welfare of Happy Eggs Free Range Hens. Cirkle. Dr Jonathan Cooper
Factors affecting working performance of odour detection dogs, dstl: Prof Daniel Mills, Dr Helen Zulch
Developing a novel cognitive approach to assessing affective state in animals, BBSRC: Prof Oliver Burman
New approaches to food preference in cats, Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition: Prof Oliver Burman, Prof Daniel Mills
Long term effects of pet dogs on families with children with autism, Morris Animal Foundation Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative: Dr Hannah Wright, Prof Daniel Mills
The influence of dog ownership on activity in older adults, ISAZ - Waltham: Prof Daniel Mills, Dr Sarah Ellis
Representative recent publications: - for a full list of publications, please go to individual ABCW Group member pages (listed above)
Lopes Fagundes, A. L., Hewison, L., McPeake, K. J. B., Zulch, H., Mills, D. S.,(2018). Noise sensitivities in dogs: an exploration of signs in dogs with and without musculoskeletal pain using qualitative content analysis. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 5, 17.
Szabó, D., Mills, D.S., Range, F., Virányi, Z. and Miklósi, Á., 2017. Is a local sample internationally representative? Reproducibility of four cognitive tests in family dogs across testing sites and breeds. Animal Cognition, pp.1-15
Chielo L., Pike T. and Cooper J.J. (2016) Ranging behaviour of commercial free-range laying hens. Animals 2016, 6(5), 28.
McGrath, N., Dunlop, R., Dwyer, C., Burman, O., & Phillips, C. (2017). Hens vary their vocal repertoire and structure when anticipating different types of reward. Animal Behaviour, 130, 79-96.
Soldati, F., Burman, O., John, L., Pike, T., & Wilkinson, A (2017) Long-term memory of relative reward values. Biology Letters, 13 (2). ISSN: 1744-9561
Webb, C.E., Romero, T., Franks, B. and de Waal, F.B., 2017. Long-term consistency in chimpanzee consolation behaviour reflects empathetic personalities. Nature communications, 8(1), p.292.
Rogers, L.J., Frasnelli, E. and Versace, E., 2016. Lateralized antennal control of aggression and sex differences in red mason bees, Osmia bicornis. Scientific reports, 6, p.29411.
Ruiz-Hernandez, R., Mwangi, W., Peroval, M., Sadeyen, J.R., Ascough, S., Balkissoon, D., Staines, K., Boyd, A., McCauley, J., Smith, A. and Butter, C., 2016. Host genetics determine susceptibility to avian influenza infection and transmission dynamics. Scientific reports, 6, p.26787.
Clegg, S.R., Carter, S.D., Birtles, R.J., Brown, J.M., Hart, C.A. and Evans, N.J., 2016. Multi locus sequence typing of pathogenic treponemes isolated from cloven hoofed animals and their comparison to human isolates. Applied and environmental microbiology, pp.AEM-00025.
We welcome applications at any time from prospective MSc by Research (MScRes), MPhil or PhD students wishing to join our thriving postgraduate research community. Funded positions will be advertised as they arise via University of Lincoln Job Opportunities. In addition, we do consider applications for post graduate studies in areas relevant to our core interests by excellent applicants able to fund themselves or supported by their employer.
For further information on the range of research topics available, please see the individual staff pages and contact potential supervisors directly.
Current postgraduate research students:
Natalia Albuquerque – Assessment of emotionality in dogs (Dual award with USP Brazil). Professor Daniel Mills, Dr Kun Guo, Dr Anna Wilkinson
Luciana Assis – Novel approaches to the investigation of separation related problems in dogs (Science without Borders) Professor Daniel Mills, Professor Oliver Burman, Dr Tom Pike
Catia Caeiro – Age effects on competence in assessing emotional expression in dogs and people (University / School of Psychology award) Dr Kun Guo, Professor Daniel Mills
Joanna Cruden - Environmental enrichment for laboratory rabbits. Dr Jonathan Cooper and Professor Oliver Burman
M. Sofia Fernandez - Improving the welfare of chimpanzees in African rehabilitation centres by the creation and implementation of guidelines in the field. Dr Jonathan Cooper, Dr Bino Majolo, Dr Carl Soulsbury
Anna Frohnwieser – The use of robots to understand animal social cognition. Dr Anna Wilkinson, Dr Tom Pike, Dr John Murray (Computer Sciences)
Katy Goddard – Trade off between olfaction and semiochemicals detection in dogs. (Ceva Animal Health) Dr Malgorzata Pilot, Prof Daniel Mills
Karen Griffin – Behavioural flexibility and dog-owner compatibility (self funded and Dogs Trust) Professor Daniel Mills, Dr Tom Pike, Professor Libby John
Annika Huber – Assessment of emotional state in dogs (Dual award with University of Bern) Professor Daniel Mills, Dr Helen Zulch
Mie Kikuchi – Origin and management of attitudes to canine aggression in UK and Japan Professor Daniel Mills, Professor Tod Hogue
Rachael King – Factors affecting behavioural development of kittens Dr Jonathan Cooper, Professor Daniel Mills
Kevin McPeake - Frustration in dogs Professor Daniel Mills, Dr Helen Zulch
Sophie Moszuti – Developing novel measures to assess reptile welfare. Dr Anna Wilkinson, Professor Oliver Burman
Andrew Picken – The mechanisms underlying complex cognition in parrots. Dr Anna Wilkinson, Dr Tom Pike
Sarah Reaney – Investigating pain and personality in dogs with hip dysplasia (SLS award) Dr Lisa Collins, Dr Helen Zulch
Fiona Williams – Mobile eye-tracking technology in the dog Professor Daniel Mills, Dr Kun Guo, Dr Anna Wilkinson