Behavioural Reactions in Dogs – Call for Participants in New Study

Researchers at the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK, are conducting a study looking at behavioural reactions in dogs.

If you are a dog owner, you are invited to take part in our research involving:

  • Owners of dogs who react to other dogs
  • Owners of dogs who do not react to other dogs

To take part in this research, owners are invited to complete a questionnaire and, where possible, upload supporting video footage of their dog. The footage required would be the dog becoming aware of another dog(s) in its vicinity.

The aim is to model the signalling used by dogs in such situations, so please only film your dog if it is safe to do so.

The questionnaires can be found at: www.dogreactivity.com and it is possible to upload the footage within the survey (this is signposted once the questionnaire begins). 

For the purposes of this research, reactive behaviours will be considered to include: barking, growling, snarling, whining, lunging, snapping, nipping, biting, stiff posture with raised hackles and intense staring. Please note, lots of non-reactive dogs data is also required too.

Please feel free to share this survey far and wide and we thank you in advance for your participation.

Co-authored paper on importance of environment in AMR featured in WHO Bulletin

Lecturer in Zoology, Dr Graziella Iossa, has co-authored a paper which looks at the importance of integrating the natural environment in national action plans in antimicrobial resistance under the One Health movement.The paper was featured in the Bulletin for the World Health Organization; one of the world’s leading publications for policy makers and can be read online.

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BioBlitz 2018 at the University of Lincoln

On Wednesday 10th October 2018, University of Lincoln students and A Level students from two local schools were given the opportunity to become a wildlife explorer for the day.

During their exploration into the various types of wildlife at the University’s Brayford Campus and guided by the School of Life Sciences’ scientists, students took part in pond-dipping, invertebrate sampling, bat echolocation, small mammal identification and plant and fungi identification.

This year’s BioBlitz also coincided with Biology Week – a celebration of biology involving activities held nationally and coordinated by the Royal Society of Biology.

The School of Life Sciences staff were supported by volunteers from the British Trust for Ornithology and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. The University’s Environmental Manager, Rebecca Forster, also gave an overview of the environmental and sustainability initiatives that the University of Lincoln has put in place to ‘green’ the campus.

As is the case with any research activity, everything found on campus was documented and passed on to local and national databases that monitor our local wildlife.

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