Associate Lecturer/PhD Studentship, Animal Welfare
Research Interests and Current Research
Emily’s research interests revolve around the ornamental aquatic industry with a specific focus on issues surrounding companion fish welfare. Ornamental fish are massively underrepresented in regards to research effort and Emily is working towards her PhD, registered at the University of Northampton, to improve the lives of thousands of companion fish. This research will begin with a nationwide survey to establish public opinion and knowledge regarding ornamental fish and their care.
Previous research has involved studies on a critically endangered species of Mexican freshwater fish, Zoogoneticus tequila. Behavioural feeding studies provided information regarding prey preference of juvenile fish in an effort to help sustain viable captive populations until a suitable wild habitat can be maintained.
Areas of Teaching Expertise
Taxonomy, Cladistics and Systematics
Selected Recent Publications
Membership of Professional Bodies
Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN)
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)
Holden, E. & Hawkins, L. E. (2015) Selective feeding of juvenile Zoogoneticus tequila on zooplankton; implications for the conservation of a critically endangered species. Unpublished poster presentation at: National Aquarium Conference (NAC), 27th November 2015, Birmingham: SEALIFE Centre.
Grants and Funding
2017 Thomas Harrison Trust – PhD project fees and stipend (annual)