Paper accepted!

8 05 2017

Andrea’s 3rd paper (or maybe 4th, I lose track as some were from her undergraduate work). In this one, she assessed which forms of mink stereotypic behaviour co-occur or seem to be mutually exclusive, and also which develop into each other (or never do), to  work out an objective taxonomy for the different forms.

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… and one rejected

19 04 2017

Zoo Biology rejected me and Emma’s paper, as far as I can tell for being “too political” (I really don’t understand this at all). But resubmission is possible so we’re treating this as  “major revision”, and will work on it and resubmit, as some of the comments will indeed make it better (and if we can’t appeal to this audience we have failed, so really need to get it right).

One more paper in …

19 04 2017

Mike submitted his penultimate lead-authored thesis paper on Monday! We started this after the party (see Mike, along with Misha’s wife Gwen, pictured at it below), nearly completing all the edits needed to turn it into a MS in a single day.  Just one more to go now!

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Congratulations to Maria!

21 03 2017

She’s had a paper accepted (see below). V nice.

But never mind all that. SHE’S GOT A FACULTY POSITION!!! A lectureship in animal welfare at the UK’s Royal Vet College (where my great former PhD student Charlotte Burn will now be her colleague). Maria starts in June. Since I’ve worked with her for 12 years, her leaving is going to be a bit like losing a limb. But still, brilliant news: v v proud of her.


‘Trends in welfare science’ paper still going strong

10 01 2017

Glad people kept on downloading it over Xmas (or at least that Santa did it for them):


Good publishing week for Jamie

29 11 2016

His Animal Behaviour paper just came out online,  and his Developmental Psychology paper, languishing in press since about May, was finally published at last.



Phylogenetic comparative methods for zoo folks

8 11 2016

Emma and I have just finished a review paper on PCMs (helped by some text from Heather’s PhD) that really got us to understand things we hadn’t before: painful but good.

Hope it hits its mark (we’re trying to encourage more zoo people to use them as they have access to data from hundreds of species).