University of Edinburgh
I am an animal behaviour and welfare scientist, animal rights activist, and just plain and simply an animal lover. My research is aimed at understanding animals themselves, but also human-animal relationships, in an effort to create environments that are suitable for the animals' needs. I specialise in non-human primates and am particularly interested in investigating the close links between chimpanzees and humans. My research focuses on investigating chimpanzees' cognitive complexity, cultural transmission and non-verbal communication, and how understanding the aforementioned can provide us with the tools necessary to optimise their lives in captivity. I am a strong believer that good welfare for animals and positive human-animal relationships can only be achieved through interdisciplinary effort. I enjoy learning from different disciplines, ranging from economics to art, in an attempt to find new strategies that can be implemented to give all animals a life worth living.