Dr Jessica Martin

Lecturer in Statistics and Animal Welfare

Background

Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. I then started a PhD in Animal Health at the University of Glasgow, which I completed in 2015, while working part-time as a research assistant. I then went on to do a one year post-doc at SRUC and then returned to the University of Edinburgh and joined R(D)SVS in Dec 2015. I am now a Lecturer in Animal Welfare and Statistics and my primary role is to provide expert experimental design and statistical support for students studying on R(D)SVS taught postgraduate programmes (on-campus and online-distance), as well as undertaking independent and joint animal welfare and statistics focussed research.

Qualifications

2017  Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Doctor in Philosophy, The University of Glasgow Animal Health Master of Science (with Distinction), The University of Edinburgh Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Edinburgh Zoology

Responsibilities & affiliations

External:

  • External Advisor, SRUC AWERB (2017 - )
  • Champion for University of Edinburgh, Animal Welfare Research Network (2017 - )
  • Commitee member, National Avian Research Facility (NARF) Management Group (2017 - )

R(D)SVS:

  • Deputy Chair, Career Support Committee (Athena Swan) (Member 2016-2018; Deputy Chair 2018-present)
  • Member, Post-Graduate Teaching Committee (2015-present)
  • Member, Human Ethical Review Committee (2016-2018)
  • Member, Exam Board, MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare (2016-present)
  • Member, Exam Board, MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law (2016-present)
  • Member, Exam Board, MSc Equine Science (2016-present)
  • Member, Exam Board, MVetSci Conservation Medicine (2016-present)
  • Member, Teaching Committee - MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare (2015-present)
  • Member, Teaching Committee - MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law (2015-present)

Undergraduate teaching

BSc/BSc(Hons) Agriculture

Postgraduate teaching

MSc Equine Science

MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

MSc Applied Poultry Science

MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare

Research summary

My main research interests lie in the integration of behavioural, physiological and statistical techniques to investigate animal welfare issues, primarily with those relating to modern livestock production. Project topics which I have worked on include: animal welfare, poultry, pigs, dogs, humane slaughter, euthanasia, animal transport, play behaviour & social networking, animal consciousness, pain, aggression and stress.

Current research interests

My main research interests lie in the integration of behavioural, physiological and statistical techniques to investigate animal welfare issues, primarily with those relating to modern livestock production.