- How do learning, cultural inheritance, and biological inheritance interact to generate behaviour and cognitive capacities?
- What cognitive processes do humans and non-human animals use to solve problems?
- What role does cognition play in the evolution of care-giving and behavioural defences against infectious disease?
- How do humans and non-human animals communicate to achieve individual or group goals?
- How do biological factors, such as hormones and genes, relate to appearance, behaviour and perception?
- How do vocalisations, odours and faces influence social decision-making?
- Can we assess whether animals are "happy" and how do we improve their welfare?
- Do an animal's experiences underlie welfare throughout his/her lifespan? Do individual experiences impact on the scientific outcomes of experiments with animals?
- The biodiversity crisis requires human coexistence with non-humans: we work to find solutions for good welfare and sustaining species in their natural world.
- Welfare and quality of scientific output (link)
- Animal assisted interventions (link)
- Hormonal and chemosensory influences on relationships
Members of the BERG have developed the following websites to improve animal welfare:
|Hannah Buchanan-Smith||Animal welfare, behaviour and ecology, comparative colour vision and human-animal interactions.|
|Christine Caldwell||Social learning and cultural evolution in humans and Non-human Primates.|
|Sharon Kessler||Evolution of cognition, health signalling, bioacoustics, kin recognition, agent-based modelling.|
|Anthony Lee||Human mate preference, face and person perception from an evolutionary perspective.|
|Phyllis Lee||Behavioural development, reproductive strategies, social and life history evolution, human-wildlife interactions, gender and conservation.|
|Gema Martin-Ordas||Cognitive mechanisms (e.g. memory, planning) underlying problem-solving in human and non-human animals.|
|Eoin O'Sullivan||Cognitive mechanisms underlying social learning in humans and nonhuman primates.|
|Pawel Fedurek||Vocal communication in human and Non-human Primates.|
|Craig Roberts||Mammalian olfactory communication, MHC-correlated mate choice, human facial attractiveness.|
|Sarah Vick||Social cognition, visual communication, primarily gaze and facial expressions; human animal interactions.|
Yvonne Baur, Kirsten Blakey, Sabrina Brando, Deborah Bruce, Lesley Craig, Paxton Culpepper, Sophia Daoudi, Juliet Dunstone, Faize Eryaman, Jade Hooper, Donna Kean, Sarah Kraemer, Gemma Macintosh, Francesca Singleton, Josephine Smit, Charlotte Wilks.
Honorary Research Fellows
Victoria Fishlock, Betsy Herrelko, Bethan Morgan, Liz Williamson
Example PhD projects
Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution
Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973)