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Paul is a Lecturer at the University of Exeter and a Research Associate at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). He also manages the Animal Welfare & Ethics Committee (AWEC) for WWT operations, conservation and other activities.

Paul teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with subject specialisms of animal behaviour, animal welfare, conservation biology, zoo animal management and animal health. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Paul is a member of the IUCN Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group and of the IUCN Flamingo Specialist Group ( and actively engages with colleagues working in flamingo management and conservation. Paul also has a strong zoo research background, and is Co-Chair of the BIAZA Research Committee, and is the Research Officer for the BIAZA Bird Working Group. He also runs the social media for the BIAZA Research Committee. Paul is a member of the Zoos Expert Committee for the UK Government.


  • –present
    Associate Fellow, Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter