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 the 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 Reader in Primate Behaviour and 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 recently, was fortunate to be nominated by my students and awarded the Faculty “Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor” Award. Enquiries from potential postdocs and PhD/MPhil students related to my areas of interest are always welcome.
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 active in 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 our 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 co-led our successful departmental Athena SWAN Bronze Award application to advance gender equality. I am also a Member of our Faculty of Science Animal Welfare & Ethical Research Group, recently ended a 3-year term as Council Member of the Primate Society of Great Britain and took up a position as a member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Equality Diversity Inclusivity and Accessibility Committee.
Public engagement and science communication are important aspects of academic research and I enjoy writing articles and being involved in outreach. Check out 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 The Conversation in French here .