Researcher Recruitment

 

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Patrizia Paci

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Open University, in the UK. I first trained as an animal physiologist and ecologist before gaining a Ph.D. in Animal-Computer Interaction.

Summary of Interests

My research interests are driven by the goal of improving animals’ affective welfare through the design of animal-centred technologies, settings, and environments that enable less invasive human interventions on animals’ lives. My past and current research includes: Ethological observations and measuring of cats’ reactions to animal-borne biotelemetry; wearer-centred design in wildlife biotelemetry; physical prototyping of animal-centred devices for cats and working dogs; analysis of animals’ interaction with animal-centred interfaces; Mobility Assistance Dogs smart-working environment design; manifestation of privacy behaviours in non-human animals; cognitive and digital enrichment for zoo animals.

Area of Expertise

My Ph.D. and current postdoc research have focused on the analysis of the behaviour of animals interacting with human-made technologies. I specialised on observing and measuring the behavioural effects that biotelemetry systems have on domestic cats to understand individuals’ experiences with body-attached devices. I have also worked with medical detection dogs and mobility assistance dogs to observe their interaction with pads and sensors and design canine-centred mechanical interfaces. I am currently involved in bid writing to propose the development of animal-centred technologies to deploy in zoological parks and sanctuaries and to serve wildlife conservation strategies.

Key Skills

Quantitative and qualitative research methods, research project management and coordination, external collaborations, prototyping.

Other Key Information

Currently based in the UK, looking for a Research Associate position starting from July 2021.

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Twitter Account: @PatzPaci

Claire Ricci-Bonot

 

Summary of Interests

I am interested in animal behaviour particularly in social interactions intra and inter-species (cooperation, decision making, social buffering) and how these can be affected by parameters such as emotional state and personality. One of my main areas of research is a better understanding of these phenomena to improve animal welfare.

Area of Expertise

My research master’s project (University Rennes 1, France) was about decision making in displacements within a group of horses and social affinities within this group. This project led me to build a social network for this group of animals by using social network analysis.

My thesis work (University of Lincoln, UK) was then on social buffering as a potential method to reduce stress response and improve horse welfare. Social buffering occurs when the presence of one animal attenuates another’s stress response during a stressful event and/or helps the subject to recover more quickly after a stressful event.

The aim of my PhD research was to contribute to the development of a coherent model of social buffering in horses by investigating whether social factors such as companion arousal, familiarity and personality were influenced by stimulus context. Moreover, if the physical presence of a companion was necessary to induce social buffering. In order to evaluate the impact of a companion on the subject’s stress responses, behavioural (reactivity) and physiological (heart rate, heart rate variability, heart rate recovery and eye temperature) measurements were taken. This project required the use of numerous statistical models such as linear mixed effects model, principal component analysis, hierarchical agglomerative cluster analysis.

In parallel to my PhD project above, I was also involved in several master thesis projects such as: “social bond between cats and their owners” and “impact of dog size on owners’ views on dog-to-dog aggression”.

Key Skills

Project planning and management. Conducting experiments on the field including animal handling. Organisation of scientific events i.e. conferences. Scientific communication to experts in the field and general public alike. Various media communication tools such as website and video editing. Supervision of students for personal projects (master thesis) and group work (demonstrations).

Other Key Information

Currently looking for a PostDoc/Research Associate position, open to any location worldwide and available from May 2021.

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Twitter Account: @CRicciBonot

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