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Ms Joanne Edgar

Biography

Jo graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, after having conducted her dissertation project on the associations between birds and River Hippopotami in Malawi. Jo went on to do an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh.  As part of her MSc she conducted a research project on the welfare of laboratory rabbits. Since starting work at the University of Bristol in 2005 she has worked on projects investigating humane endpoints in genetically modified mice and welfare indicators in laying hens. In May 2012 Jo completed a PhD investigating whether farm animals (chickens and sheep) are affected by the distress of conspecifics. Follwing on from her PhD she worked for 2.5 years as a BBSRC post-doctoral research assistant investigating factors that influence socially-mediated emotion transfer in chickens. In 2015 Jo was awarded a BBSRC Future Leader fellowship to apply her work on mother-chick interactions to improve welfare in commercial laying hens.