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Dr Ellen Williams

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Animal Behaviour & Welfare

I am an experienced ethologist and specialist in zoo animal behaviour and welfare studies. My areas of expertise focus on understanding the effect of the zoo environment on animal behaviour and welfare and identifying opportunities for mitigation efforts to ensure positive welfare in zoo-housed animals. I am the UK representative for the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) and a member of the ISAE ethics committee. I am also a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) Elephant Welfare Group Behaviour Subgroup.

More information on my current research can be found on my Research Gate profile:

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

International Society of Applied Ethology (ISAE) UK & Ireland Regional Secretary

ISAE Ethics Committee Member

Member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

Member of the BBSRC Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN)

Member of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)

Member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Elephant Welfare Group Behaviour Subgroup


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You can contact Dr Ellen Williams if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules:



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