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Dr. L. Collins

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Dr Lisa Collins
Lecturer in Biology

MA(Oxon) Biological Sciences, 2002,
University of Oxford;
DPhil Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 2005,
University of Oxford.


Contact Information
Tel:  +44 (0)28 9097 2746 (Direct line)
Fax:  +44 (0)28 9097 5877
Room:  Medical Biology Centre - 5.036


Science Writing Awards
    National Science Week Young Science Writer of the Year 2003.
    The Daily Telegraph Young Science Writer of the Year 2004 (Highly Commended).
    ASAB/ New Scientist Science Writing Prize 2008 Second prize.

The George Fleming Prize
    Awarded by The Veterinary Journal to the most meritorious and innovative paper published in 2009.
    Awarded for the first publication from a grant I was awarded and managed as Principal Investigator on inherited defects in
    pedigree dogs.  (Asher et al 2009).

UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year 2011
    Awarded to recognise the achievements of young scientists who have made significant contributions toimproving the welfare
    of animals.

Professional Activities

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Council Member (Newsletter and Web Editor).
Member of the Advisory Council on Welfare Issues with Dog Breeding.


MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare;
BSc Agricultural Technology


Carrie McNeill (QUB): Pain and personality in horses (funded by DARD).

Raphaelle Metras (Royal Veterinary College, London):  Understanding the spread of Rift Valley Fever in South Africa (funded by the Bloomsbury Consortium and the London International Development Centre).

Jenna Kiddie (Royal Veterinary College, London):  Assessing quality of life in kennelled dogs (funded by Dogs Trust).

Research interests

Individual and social behaviour; Group dynamics; Animal welfare indicators; Welfare risk assessment; Companion animal welfare; Farm animal welfare; Infectious diseases and their affect on behaviour and welfare.


Collins, L.M., Asher, L., Summers, J.F. & McGreevy, P.M. (2011). Getting priorities straight: Risk assessment and decision making in the improvement of inherited disorders in pedigree dogs.  The Veterinary Journal. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.06.012.

Hayes, W.A., Mills, D.S., Neville, R.F., Kiddie, J. & Collins, L.M. (2011). Determination of the molar extinction coefficient for the ferric reducing/antioxidant power assay.  doi:10.1016/j.ab.2011.05.031.

Collins, L.M., Asher, L., Pfeiffer, D.U., Browne, W. & Nicol, C.J. (2011). Clustering and synchrony in laying hens: the effects of environmental resources on social dynamics.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 129: 43-53.

Metras, R., Collins, L.M., White, R., Alonso, S.,Chevalier, V., Thuranira-McKeever, C. & Pfeiffer, D.U. (2011). Rift Valley fever epidemiology, surveillance and control: what have models contributed.  Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 11: 761-771.

Collins, L.M., Asher, L., Diesel, G., Summers, J. F. & McGreevy, P. (2010). Welfare epidemiology as a tool to assessing the impact of inherited defects in pedigree dogs.  Animal Welfare, 19: 67-75.

Summers, J.F., Asher, L., Diesel, G., McGreevy, P. & Collins, L.M. (2010). Breeding to standard: inherited defects in pedigree dogs. Part II: Inherited disorders.  The Veterinary Journal, 183: 39-45.

**Asher, L., Diesel, G., Summers, J. F., McGreevy, P. & Collins, L.M. (2009). Breeding to standard: inherited defects in pedigree dogs. Part I: Conformational disorders.  The Veterinary Journal, 182: 402-411.

**Awarded the George Fleming prize 2009. Has been in the top 10 most downloaded papers in The Veterinary Journal since its publication.

Asher, L., Collins, L.M.,Ortiz-Pelaez, A., Pfeiffer, D.U. & Nicol, C.J. (2009). Recent advances in the analysis of behavioural organisation and interpretation as indicators of animal welfare.  Journal of the RoyalSociety, Interface 6: 1103-1119.

Collins, L.M. (2008). Non-intrusive tracking of commercial broiler chickens in situ at different stocking densities.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 112: 94-105.

Collins, L.M. & Sumpter, D. (2007). The feeding dynamics of broiler chickens.  Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 4: 65-72.