I am a freelance science writer with a particular interest in animal welfare.
I recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta, Canada. Here, I used kinematic techniques (read, motion capture similar to Lord of the Rings) to monitor the health and welfare states in tie-stall dairy cows. I wrote a review paper arguing how we can better assess affective states (including positive emotion, boredom and depression) in animals.
I received my PhD in Zoology from Massey University, New Zealand. For my doctoral studies, I investigated how the social environment affects an animal's experience of pain and whether animals are able to empathize with other group members. My work has involved using lasers, looking at lamb facial expression, lamb ear posture, and asking people to describe an animal's behaviour in their own terms.