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Thanks for visiting my website. I’m a biologist interested in animal behaviour. 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 a Senior Lecturer. My primary areas of research are social behaviour and socio-ecology of primates and other animals (see projects and publications under Research). I currently supervise five PhD students and welcome enquiries from potential postdocs and PhD/MPhil students related to my areas of interest.

At LJMU I teach animal behaviour 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” and was fortunate to be awarded “Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor” in the Liverpool Student Union Amazing Teaching Awards.

I am a Council Member of the Primate Society of Great Britain and a Member of LJMU’s Ethical Research Group, the School Equality & Diversity Coorindator and Member of the Faculty of Science Equality & Diversity Group.

I enjoy being involved in outreach. Here’s 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 .