Dr Paul Rose

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College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Discipline: Psychology
Department: College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour

I am a zoologist with a particular interest in behavioural ecology, ornithology and animal welfare. My background is predominantly in behaviour and welfare of captive animals, and how the zoo environment can affect the types of behaviour displayed by those animals that are kept in captivity.

My PhD project here at CRAB examed the behaviour and welfare of a captive social species- the flamingo.

For my PhD, I looked into the relevance and importance of social networks in captive species, and any associated implications for zoo animal husbandry and welfare. In conjunction with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) at Slimbridge I am researched the social organisation of captive flamingos, as well as the roles that individuals birds play within a flock.

I also research enclosure usage and breeding behaviour of captive flamingos to help further evidence base the husbandry techniques used for this most popular of zoo-housed birds, and several collections across the UK and Europe have assested with data collection.

I am the Co-Chair for the IUCN/SSC Flamingo Specialised Group, the Vice-Chair of the BIAZA Research Committee, the Research Liaison Officer for the BIAZA Bird Working Group, and I am a member of BIAZA's Animal Welfare Subgroup.

I am also a member of the IUCN Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group, as well as a professional member of the Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK). I am also the Research Officer for the EAZA Charadriiformes (shorebirds and waders) Taxon Advisory Group.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

Aside of my teaching at Exeter, I am currently an Associate Lecturer for the University of Portsmouth. 

I hope that my research will ultimately be useful to those managing captive populations with regard to i) exhibit design and enclosure layout, ii) decisions made on group changes and iii) planning and implementation of captive breeding initiatives.

Aside of my flamingo research, I am also actively involved in researching giraffe social behaviour, nutrition and welfare in UK zoological collections. And I am also running a captive wildfowl behaviour and welfare project at WWT Slimbridge to determine objective metrics for bird welfare.

I would be interested to hear from anyone working in the zoo industries who is working with flamingos, or giraffes or wildfowl, as well as from those researchers who are also investigating similar questions / areas of zoo animal behaviour and husbandry across taxa. Please do get in touch if you're interested in a collaboration.

To find about more about my project please follow: http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/slimbridge/diaries/flamingo-diary/
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