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Lucy Asher

Lecturer in Epidemiology and Animal Behaviour, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Contact

  • workRoom B34 Veterinary Medicine and Science
    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    Leicestershire
    LE12 5RD
    UK
  • work0115 951 6281

Biography

Lucy joined the Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in April 2010 as a Lecturer in Epidemiology and Animal Behaviour. Her main responsibility is to lead a five year research project on the epidemiology of guide dog behaviour.

Prior to joining the team at Nottingham, Lucy worked as a Research Associate in Quantitative Epidemiology and Animal Behaviour at the Royal Veterinary College. She undertook a PhD supervised by Dr Melissa Bateson at Newcastle University's Centre for Behaviour and Evolution (CBE Website). She holds an MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Edinburgh and a joint-honours BSc in Psychology and Zoology from Bristol University.

Research Summary

Fundamentally I am interested in taking a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of animal behaviour and welfare. Practically this primarily involves the application of mathematical methods such as… read more

Current Research

Fundamentally I am interested in taking a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of animal behaviour and welfare. Practically this primarily involves the application of mathematical methods such as epidemiological and statistical modelling, analysis of temporal structure and patterns in behaviour and agent-based modelling. I am also interested in the application of approaches borrowed from Psychology, Engineering, Physics and Economics.

Currently my primary research project concerns the epidemiology of guide dog behaviour. This 5-year initiative aims to understand the factors contributing to guide dog success and quality and to produce a reliable and valid behavioural profiling system.

I am also involved with a variety of other welfare and behaviour research projects concerning:

  • analysis of stereotypic behaviour in mice, dogs and caged birds
  • group behaviour in laying hens
  • kennelled dog welfare
  • the welfare of dogs in the UK (including assessing methods to estimate the UK dog population)
  • understanding inherited defects in dogs

PhD students:

Naomi Harvey (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/research/student-profiles/harvey-naomi.aspx)

Simon Blythe (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/research/student-profiles/blythe-simon.aspx)

Past Research

Previously I have been involved with a diverse range of research in the areas of animal behaviour and welfare. Past research includes:

  • Investigating choice behaviour in birds
  • Measuring the welfare of caged birds, speficallly captive European starlings (including behaviour, physiology and affective state)
  • Examining the function of water bathing in starlings

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
fax: +44 (0)115 951 6415
email: veterinary-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk