Dr Paul Rose



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

I am an animal behaviour scientist with a particular interest in  applied behavioural ecology, animal husbandry and animal welfare. My background is predominantly in the 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 current research areas focus on zoo animal behaviour and welfare, specifically using natural history evidence to inform and improve captive care, and how to develop ways of assessing welfare in zoo-housed specimens.

I am always happy to hear from prospective MRes and PhD students who wish to find funding or that have funding for a zoo-specific project, and I am happy to be contacted to discuss specific project areas for investigation. 

I am a Research Associate for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and conduct research on wild and captive animals at WWT. 

I am actively involved with a range of external and industry bodies, including the IUCN Flamingo Specialised Group, the BIAZA Research Committee, the BIAZA Bird Working Group, the BIAZA Animal Welfare Working Group, the IUCN Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group, and I sit on Defra's Zoos Expert Committee (ZEC).

I am a fellow of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a professional member of the Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK) and a member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).

I am also the Research Officer for the EAZA Charadriiformes (shorebirds and waders) Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), the EAZA Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans) TAG and the EAZA Gruiiformes  (cranes and their allies) TAG.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now called Advance HE).  

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, iii) planning and implementation of captive breeding initiatives, and iv) developing ways of assessing welfare that are meaningful and useful "on the ground".

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/
@pauledwardrose on Twitter
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