Research Student, Animal Welfare & Management, Animal Welfare & Management
Research Interests and Current Research
Clare’s research interests include welfare assessment in captive wild animals, behaviour based husbandry programmes, and the evaluation of enrichment assessment tools with an emphasis on zoo keeper involvement. Clare is currently studying towards a PhD, registered at the University of Northampton, developing methods of assessing temperament and personality in animals, specifically domestic rabbits. She is also supervising undergraduate research projects in the area of wild and zoo animal behaviour and management.
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Research Gate http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Clare_Ellis
Areas of Teaching Expertise
Animal behaviour; animal personality assessment, animal welfare assessment; and captive wild animal husbandry.
Selected Recent Publications
Ellis, C.F., McCormick, W., and Tinarwo, A. 2017 An analysis of factors relating to pet rabbits relinquished to two UK re-homing centres. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
Oxley, J.A. and Ellis, C.F., 2015. Misconceptions regarding rabbit behaviour. Veterinary Record.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Member of the International Society for Applied Ethology
Member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
Member of the Association of British Wild Animal Keepers
Member of the International Congress of Zookeepers
Member of the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund
Member of the British Science Association
March, 2017 ABWAK symposium - What do meerkats want from foraging environmental enrichment? Enrichment evaluation.
July 2016 ISAE International Conference - Why and how should we assess pet rabbit personality? [poster]
June 2016 UFAW Symposium – Rabbit relinquishment to two UK rescue centres and beyond. [poster]
July 2015 BIAZA Research Conference – Changes to behaviour in a geriatric brown bear following provision of arthritis medication.
July 2015 BIAZA Research Conference [poster] – Individual behavioural and physiological profiles of three captive brown bears.
March 2015 UFAW Student Symposium – Disposable pets – the curse of the Easter bunny.
December 2014 Moulton College Postgraduate Research Symposium – Britain’s Big Bunny study.
December 2013 Moulton College Postgraduate Research Symposium – The existence of personality in animals.
Grants and Funding
2013 – 2017 Thomas Harrison Trust – PhD project fees and stipend (annual).
2012 ABWAK Research Grant – partial funding towards non-invasive (faecal GCM) assessment of welfare in European brown bears at the National Zoo of Wales
2012 The National Zoo of Wales Research Grant Committee - partial funding towards non-invasive (faecal GCM) assessment of welfare in European brown bears at the National Zoo of Wales