Dr Rebecca Newman
- School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
- 353 21 490 4530
My research interests are primarily focused on animal behaviour and captive animal welfare, with a particular interest in understanding the effects of environmental enrichment and human-animal relationships in zoos. My PhD research was funded by the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme and Fota Wildlife Park and was centred on the behaviour of lion-tailed macaques in captivity, both at Fota Wildlife Park and in other zoos in the UK and The Netherlands. The aim of my research was to understand how the captive environment impacts behaviour, including the physical (e.g. enclosure) and the social (e.g. group structure, zoo visitors) environment, and determine which factors have the greatest influence on behaviour.