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Lisa Collins MA(Oxon) DPhil(Oxon) PGCHET FRSB

Lisa Collins is Professor of Animal Science at the University of Leeds.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, Lisa won a scholarship to read for a Doctorate in Zoology, under the supervision of Prof. Marian Dawkins.

Lisa’s research interests focus on the development and application of mathematical, systems modelling and statistical methods for the study of animal health and welfare, using large-scale epidemiological experiments in situ, data synthesis from existing literature and public data sources. She has applied these approaches to a wide variety of welfare problems in different species, including inherited disorders in pedigree dogs, the assessment of quality of life, the development of a predictive early warning system for poor welfare in pigs, and investigating the effects of changes in climate on broiler health and welfare. In addition to population-level approaches, Lisa is interested in individual differences in experience and response to stress and pain. She believes that a dual angle approach on understanding risk factors for poor welfare - both from a population and individual aspect - provides greater insight into the similarities and differences driving the welfare states within a group of animals.

In 2014, she was awarded the British Science Association Charles Darwin Award for excellence in science communication in the field of agricultural and biological sciences. In 2010, was awarded the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award. She sits on numerous advisory committees, research council and academic society councils and strategy groups, nationally and internationally, including the BBSRC Committee (2014-), Animal Welfare Research Network organization group (2015-), Dog Advisory Council (2012-2015) and ASAB (2010-2015), and European Food Safety Authority expert working groups (2008-2011). She is an international public speaker on animal welfare and the applications of mathematics in animal research.

(Institution: University of Leeds)