Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare and Equine , Animal Welfare
Research Interests and Current Research
Helen's research interests include the welfare assessment of farmed animals, with a particular interest in poultry. Previous research has included the assessment of positive indicators of welfare and the effects of cognitive bias in domestic hens. She also has spent time in Romania investigating the impact of traditional farming techniques on the behaviour of dairy cows with the organisation Operation Wallacea
Helen is currently studying towards a PhD evaluating the legal and ethical issues surrounding the UK exotic pet trade registered with the University of Northampton.
Areas of Teaching Expertise
Animal Welfare, Animal Cognition, Animal Behaviour, Animal Law and Ethics, Research Methods, Undergraduate Research Project Supervision
Selected Recent Publications
Membership of Professional Bodies
Member of UFAW
2011- 6th Student Animal Welfare Conference (UFAW link), Writtle College- Cognitive bias in domestic hens (Gallus gallus domesticus): optimism and the effects of environmental enrichment
2015- BIAZA Research Conference, Dublin Zoo: Nectar pot provision for rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) in a walk-through aviary
2015- CIRCLE Annual Research Symposium, Flamingo Land, Yorkshire: Nectar pot provision for rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) in a walk-through aviary
Undergraduate: Helen supervises several undergraduate students each year. Key project topics have included the effects of music as enrichment for parrots, hand-rearing and abnormal behaviours in raptors, the olfactory abilities of poultry, and the influence of the media on the sales of exotic pets.