Who are we?

Dr Oliver Burman



Oliver is the Principal Investigator on this project and is a Reader within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln. Oliver is interested in the study of fundamental aspects of behaviour and cognition that underpin advances in animal welfare. He is acknowledged as an expert in the development of novel approaches to assessing animal welfare, and has been a major contributor in recent developments of novel cognitive techniques for assessing affective state in a range of different species, including dogs, rats and horses.


Dr Sarah Ellis


me and toby

Sarah is the full time Post-Doctoral Researcher on this project and is responsible for the day to day running of the project. She is an experienced researcher who has made significant contributions in companion animal behaviour and welfare. Before starting this project, Sarah’s research focused on investigating methods of improving feline welfare and furthering our understanding of human-cat interactions. Sarah is currently off on maternity leave.


Stefanie Riemer



Stefanie joined the team in July 2014 to cover the period whilst Sarah is on maternity leave. She has just completed her PhD at the University of Vienna, where she investigated individual differences in behaviour and cognitive performance in domestic dogs. Her main research interests are in personality, cognition, social behaviour and emotion in dogs (and, more recently, cats!).


Hannah Thompson



Hannah is the full time Research Technician working on this project. She graduated with BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour Science from the University of Lincoln. Her undergraduate project investigated the effects of environmental enrichment on dogs’ ability to problem solve. Hannah has experience working with, and training, rescue and pet dogs.


Previous staff who have worked on the project


Sian Ryan



Sian has an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln. She worked as a behaviour counsellor in the Behaviour Clinic at the University, and was the Research Technician on this project until October 2013.  Image courtesy of Peter Baumber.  

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