I am a behavioural ecologist and professional aquarist, possessing a BSc in Zoology and a PhD in fish behavioural ecology. My research interests include the behavioural ecology of aquatic animals, especially cephalopods. I have a great deal of experience in controlled laboratory behvaiour experiments and aquatic field work, having dived many times in the UK (and abroad) and spent a good deal of time in Lake Malawi collecting fish and observational data.
As someone who works with captive aquatic animals I am an advocate for captive aquatic animal welfare, holding numerous professional certificates in captive animal welfare and husbandry (including birds, mammals and reptiles). I have experience of being a professional aquarist in the research, aquaculture, public aquarium and hobbyist sectors. Amongst other societies, I am scientific advisor the the Aquarium Welfare Association and a welfare specialist/course tutor for the European Association for Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). I am the curator and owner of the Zoo Science For Keepers and Aquarists website.
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Please see below for an upcoming Aquatic Animal Welfare Workshop hosted by Genoa Aquarium, Italy.