Lucy Asher

Hi, I’m Lucy a Professor in Animal Behaviour Informatics and the PI for the wonderful group of people on this website. I have spent my career trying to capture the complexity of animal behaviour and linking this with animal welfare. I have a BSc in Zoology & Psychology from Bristol, an MSc in Animal Behaviour from Edinburgh, and a PhD in animal behaviour from sunny Newcastle, supervised by the wonderful Professor Melissa Bateson. After getting into mathematical methods for describing behaviour of starlings in my PhD, I went on to a post-doctoral position at the Royal Veterinary College in Quantitative Animal Welfare Epidemiology, where I used novel methods to quantify patterns of group behaviour in hens. For the five years which followed I was based at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, first as a Lecturer and then Assistant Professor. During my time at Nottingham I used statistical approaches to measure ‘The Epidemiology of guide dog behaviour’ in a large scale 5-year research project. I also worked on a range of other projects relevant to animal welfare in a variety of species; from poultry to elephants.

In 2015 I moved back to Newcastle University to take up a position as Senior Newcastle University Research Fellow and in 2019 took a Senior Lectureship and was made a professor in 2020, during the COVID pandemic (limiting opportunities to celebrate). I continue to work on patterns in behaviour, with increasing focus on using technology to capture and process behaviour primarily focusing on domestic poultry and dogs (i.e. the best domesticated species).

Email me on : lucy.asher at newcastle.ac.uk

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