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Dr Jessica Martin

Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Animal Welfare

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

2011Doctor in Philosophy, University of Glasgow
Animal Health
Master of Science (with Distinction), The University of Edinburgh
Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Edinburgh
Zoology

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the integration of behavioural, physiological and statistical techniques to investigate animal welfare issues, primarily with those relating to modern livestock production. Project topics which I have worked on include: animal welfare, poultry, pigs, dogs, humane slaughter, euthanasia, animal transport, play behaviour & social networking, animal consciousness, pain, aggression and stress.

Biography

Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. I then started a PhD in Animal Health at the University of Glasgow, which I completed in 2015, while working part-time as a research assistant. I then went on to do a one year post-doc at SRUC and then returned to the University of Edinburgh and joined R(D)SVS in Dec 2015. I am now a Senior Lecturer in Physiology & Animal Welfare, undertaking independent and joint animal welfare and physiology focussed research.

Current Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the integration of behavioural, physiological and statistical techniques to investigate animal welfare issues, primarily with those relating to modern livestock production.

Administrative Roles

  • Roslin AWERB member (2018-)
  • Champion for University of Edinburgh, Animal Welfare Research Network (2017 - )
  • Commitee member, National Avian Research Facility (NARF) Management Group (2017 -
  • Co-Chair, Career Support Committee (Athena Swan) (Member 2016-2018; Deputy Chair 2018-2019; Co-Chair 2019-)
  • Member of Global Academy Undergraduate Learning & Teaching Committee (2017-)
  • Member, Post-Graduate Teaching & Learning Committee (2015-present)
  • Member, Human Ethical Review Committee (2016-2018)
  • Member, Exam Board, MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare (2016-present)
  • Member, Exam Board, MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law (2016-present)
  • Member, Exam Board, MSc Equine Science (2016-present)
  • Member, Exam Board, MVetSci Conservation Medicine (2016-present)
  • Member, Exam Board, DVetMed (2018-present)
  • Member, Teaching Committee - MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare (2015-present)
  • Member, Teaching Committee - MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law (2015-present)

Teaching

PG

  • MSc Equine Science (2016-)
  • MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law (2016-)
  • MSc Applied Poultry Science (2019-)
  • MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare (2016-)
  • DVetMed (2018-)

Research students

2017-2020 PhD student - Stephanie Easton (Secondary Supervisor)

Qualifications

2017  Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Research activities & awards

  1. Marien Gerritzen

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

  2. Troy Gibson

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

  3. BBSRC (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

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