Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology
Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory
Richard is a PhD student within the Structure and Motion Laboratory, supervised by Professor Alan Wilson and Dr. Tim West. He is part of the LOCATE project, funded by the ERC. His PhD focuses on the effect of terrain, foot anatomy and grip on hunting performace in large African carnivores.
Richard graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, achiving honours in Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded the prize for the Best Prospective Clinical Research Project for his work with Professor John Hutchinson on elephant and rhinoceros foot joint biomechnics in his final year. He subsequently spent two years in first opinon small animal practice in South Wales, during which time he also worked with the Bristol Zoo Gardens veterinary team one day a week as a volunteer.
Specialising in locomotion and hunting behaviour of wild animals in southern Africa, our researchers know more about the lifestyle of many wild cats than the humble domestic moggy. They decided to find out more about how Britain's cats spend their days...
Professor Alan Wilson leads a team of researchers in the southern African savannah to identify how speed, manoeuvering and habitat impact the hunting and evasion practices of carnivores and their prey.