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Lecturer of Animal Psychology, University of Hull

Formally trained in zoology and psychology, Dr Morton is a university lecturer specialising in animal psychology and wildlife conservation. Since 2018, he has been studying the behaviour and problem-solving abilities of wild carnivores, particularly in the United Kingdom. The primary goals of his research are to understand what factors drive behavioural adaptability in animals, and how this impacts human attitudes and behaviour towards nature in an ever-changing world.

Dr Morton's research is published in world-leading journals for animal behaviour and cognition, and his work attracts major global media attention, including the BBC, The Guardian, TIME, and National Geographic. His current and past work has been funded by various organisations, including NERC, Leverhulme, and the prestigious Newton Fund. In 2022, Dr Morton was awarded a ‘Research Excellence Award’ from the University of Hull. He is the founder and co-director of the recently-established Hull Animal Behaviour Centre, which is comprised of research programmes from multiple countries, and he is the convenor of the Behaviour & Ecology Research Group at the University of Hull.


  • –present
    Lecturer of Animal Psychology, University of Hull