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Potential Postdoc Research

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I am always interested in hearing from potential PhD or Postdoc candidates. Please email an outline (max. 300 words) of your research interests and a short CV (2-3 pages). 


Main research areas

  • Animal Behaviour and Cognition

  • Animal Welfare

  • Behavioural Ecology

  • Vocal Communication

  • Public Attitudes to Animals & Animal Welfare 


Our research focuses on understanding how evolution, ecology and domestication affect cognition, social behaviour, vocal communication and welfare. The current main model species for our research are feral water buffalo, feral cattle, goats and chickens. We also study public attitudes to animals and their welfare.


Main Current Projects

Role of (Feral) Water Buffalo in Lantau (Hong Kong)
Biodiversity Conservation

Hong Kong Feral Cattle Research

Current ECRs

Dr. Debottam Bhattacherjee (City University of Hong Kong, 2023 - present)

The role of water buffalo in Lantau biodiversity conservation: behavioural ecology.

Dr. Danhe YANG (City University of Hong Kong, 2023 - present)

The role of water buffalo in Lantau biodiversity conservation: social science.

George Hodgson (City University of Hong Kong, 2021 - present, co-supervised by Dr. Kate Flay)

Feral cattle behaviour, ecology and welfare

Tania Perroux (City University of Hong Kong, 2021 - present, Main supervisor, Dr. Kate Flay)

Feral cattle health and welfare

Saad Bukhari (City University of Hong Kong, 2020 - present, Main supervisor, Dr. Becky Parkes)

Donkey welfare

Nicolas Brualla (City University of Hong Kong, 2020 - present, Main supervisors, Dr. Dai Koyabu, Dr. Laura Wilson, Dr. Michael Doube)

Evolution of the Bat Larynx

Former Postdocs


Dr. Michael Mcloughlin (Queen Mary University of London; 2017-2019)
A self-contained wearable Internet-of-Things System for Precision Livestock Agriculture (Funded by Innovate UK/BBSRC),
with Dr. Becky Stewart, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London.

Dr. Katherine Herborn (Newcastle University, UK; 2015-2018)

Poultry Livestock Sensory System (PouLSS), (Funded by Innovate UK/BBSRC). Principal Investigator: Dr. Lucy Asher, Newcastle University.

Dr. Christian Nawroth (2015-2017)

Impact of Animal Socio-cognitive Skills on Human-animal
Interactions: Goats and Human Handlers

Dr. Elodie Briefer
Vocal communication, cognition and welfare in goats (Capra hircus)
See - Goat kids can develop accents

Dr. Ben Pitcher
Vocal mediation of intrasexual competition in fallow deer (Dama dama)

Former PhDs


Dr. Marianne Mason (University of Roehampton)

Goat Perception of Human Cues  and Reliability of Thermal Imaging in Welfare Research

Dr. Caroline Spence (Queen Mary University of London)

Understanding Public Attitudes to Animal Sentience and Welfare

Dr. Luigi Baciadonna (Queen Mary University of London)

Assessing emotions to improve animal welfare: the use of a multimodal approach

Dr. Elisabetta Vannoni (University of Zurich)
Natural and sexual selection at work: the structure and function of fallow deer (Dama dama) vocalisations

Dr. Monica Padilla de la Torre (University of Nottingham)
Vocal communication and temperament in cattle (Bos taurus)


Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Innovate UK/BBSRC, Farm Sanctuary, British Deer Society, ESRC, Farm Sanctuary, Fondation Fyssen, German Research Foundation, Lantau Conservation Fund (Hong Kong), Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, Swiss National Science Foundation.

There are always potential research projects in my group. See a possible source of postdoc funding below. If interested, feel free to contact me. 

EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Funding



Potential PhD Research

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