Thanks for visiting my website. I’m a biologist interested in animal behaviour and ecology. My first degree was in Zoology from UCL and my PhD, on conflict management in Japanese macaques (awarded the Napier Medal from the Primate Society of Great Britain), was from University of Liverpool.

After a short lecturing post, teaching animal behaviour and evolutionary psychology at the University of Liverpool, I moved to Liverpool John Moores University where I am Co-Director of the Research Centre for Evolutionary Anthropology & Palaeoecology. My primary areas of research are social behaviour and socio-ecology of primates and other animals (see projects and publications under Research). I have been lead supervisor for seven PhD students and was fortunate recently, to be awarded “Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor”. I welcome enquiries from potential postdocs and PhD/MPhil students related to my areas of interest.

At LJMU I teach animal behaviour, primatology and research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. I hold a teaching qualification (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), an LJMU Teaching Observation Certificate and have received nominations for three successive years for “Amazing Supervisor” / “Amazing Personal Tutor” in the Liverpool Student Union Amazing Teaching Awards.

I am committed to translating institutional policies for diversity and inclusion into actionable strategies for cultural change. I am our Departmental Equality Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Coordinator, a Member of the Faculty of Science EDI Panel, and the Chair of the LJMU Decolonising The Curriculum Working Group (which I founded and co-established). I have been a member of our university Staff Diversity Network for over 20 years, am an LJMU LGBT+ Ally and  currently co-lead the departmental Athena SWAN Submission. I am also a Member of our Faculty of Science Animal Welfare & Ethical Research Group and have recently ended a term as Council Member of the Primate Society of Great Britain.

Public engagement and science communication is an important aspect of academic research and I enjoy being involved in outreach. Here are some recent articles in The Conversation:

What primates can teach us about managing arguments during lockdown

Safari tourism may make elephants more aggressive – but it’s still the best tool for conservation

How monkeys make friends and influence each other.  Also translated into French here .