My primary research interest is the evolution of communication and cognition, focusing on the role of gaze, facial expression and gestural communication in primates. I am a certified Facial Action Coding System (FACS) coder, and was part of the teams that modified FACS for use with chimpanzees [http://www.chimpfacs.com/] and macaques [MaqFACS: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2988871/].
More recently, my research also focuses on human-animal interactions and Animal Assisted Interventions, including Paws for Progress [https://pawsforprogress.co.uk/].
I was an academic supervisor to Betsy Herrelko on the chimpcam project, and collaborated with artist Rachael Mayeri and Arts Catalyst on Primate Cinema: Apes as family. I am a member of the Primate Society of Great Britain and the International Society for Anthrozoology.
I have previously served as a council member for the Primate Society of Great Britain (2004-2007) and British Science Association Psychology Section Committee (2007-2010).
Anna Roberts (2005 - 2011) Gestural communication in wild chimpanzees.
Betsy Herrelko (2008 - 2012) An assessment of the development of a cognitive research programme and introductions in zoo-housed chimpanzees see: http://chimpcam.com/
Adam Milligan (2008 - 2013) Emotional laterality in mammals.
Becky Leonardi (2011 -2015, Co-supervisor) An animal assisted intervention for male young offenders
Yvonne Bauer (2012 - PT) Emotion and wellbeing in captive gorillas
Lesley Craig (2012 -2019 PT) Evaluating visitor learning in a zoo setting