Dr Lindsay Henderson

NARF Academic Liaison and Post-Doctoral Scientist


I began work as the Academic Liaison and Post-doctoral Scientist at the National Avian Research Facility (NARF) in early 2020. 

I have a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from The University of Glasgow and an MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management from The University of York. I completed my PhD in Ecology and Evolution at The University of Glasgow, where I investigated the links between physiological stress, environmental conditions and breeding success in free-living blue tits, Cyanistes caeruleus. During and between my studies I worked as a research assistant and field surveyor on a number of projects, including the RSPB’s Black and Red Throated Diver Surveys, and the Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels Project with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

After completing my PhD, I moved to the USA for a postdoctoral position at The University of California, Davis, and then went on to hold a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship at Newcastle University, UK. Also at Newcastle University, I was part of an NC3Rs funded project to advance the implementation of non-aversive handling for welfare refinement in laboratory mice.

My research interests include the hormonal and neural mechanisms that underpin complex behaviours in birds. I also have a particular interest in animal welfare and the promotion of the 3Rs for animals used in scientific research.

As the NARF Academic Liaison, I act as a coordinator between facility staff and researchers and contribute to strategic planning for the NARF. I am also involved in the organisation of NARF events, communications, and maintenance of the NARF's website and social media.



PhD - Ecology and Evolution, University of Glasgow

MRes Ecology and Environmental Management, The University of York

BSc (Hons) - Zoology, University of Glasgow

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