Short CV/Education and training

  • 2000 – 2003
    BSc (Hons) 'Zoology' University of Wales, Swansea

  • 2003 – 2004
    MSc 'Applied animal behaviour and welfare' University of Edinburgh

  • 2005 – 2008
    Research technician 'Associations between welfare indicators and environmental choice in chickens' and 'Using behaviour to predict humane endpoints in genetically modified mice' University of Bristol

  • 2008 – 2012
    PhD 'Empathy in chickens' University of Bristol

  • 2012 – 2015
    Postdoctoral research assistant 'Socially-mediated emotion transfer in chickens' University of Bristol

  • since 2015
    BBSRC Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship 'Simulation of maternal care to improve welfare in chickens' University of Bristol

Selected publications

  • Edgar, J, Held, S, Jones, C & Troisi, C. Influences of maternal care on chicken welfare. Animals, 2016, 6 (1):2.

  • Edgar, J, Held, S, Paul, E, Pettersson, I, Price, RI & Nicol, C. Social buffering in a bird. Animal Behaviour, 2015, 5: 11-19

  • Edgar, J.L., Paul, E.S. & Nicol, C.J. Protective mother hens: Cognitive influences on the avian maternal response. Animal Behaviour, 2013, 86: 223-229.

  • Edgar, J.L., Nicol, C.J., Clark, C.C.A. & Paul, E.S. Measuring empathic responses in animals. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 138: 182-193.

  • Edgar, J.L., Lowe, J., Paul, E. & Nicol, C.J. Avian maternal response to chick distress. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2011, 278: 3129-3134.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • BBSRC Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship: 'Simulation of maternal care to improve welfare in chickens'

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

  • International Society for Applied Ethology

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