People: Siobhan Abeyesinghe, Monica Daley, Jade Hall

guinea fowl in home pen

Effective safeguarding of welfare depends on the ability to recognize positive and negative states in individual animals, but differences in animal personality can influences responses to challenging and rewarding situations. Objective assessment of animal emotion remains challenging, especially in the context of group housing when individuals may vary in emotional state and for animals, such as birds, which have fixed facial features. Jade Hall is conducting a PhD entitled “Dynamic quantitative analysis of posture and movement as indicators of bird personality and affective state in individual and group settings”. She is supervised by Monica Daley and Siobhan Abeyesinghe and funded under the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme. Her research focuses on developing objective and quantitative measures of personality and affect in poultry species through detailed analysis of posture and movement characteristics in order to develop robust, quantitative and non-intrusive video based tools for welfare monitoring.  

Guinea fowl in novel environment test room

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