Ivana Schork
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20142022

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Research interests

My research interests are pure and applied animal behaviour and the welfare of both domesticated and wild species under human care. More specifically, I am interested in the development of novel techniques to monitor behaviour and welfare. 

My studies involve mostly mammals using a wide range of methodologies such as behavioural assessments, hormonal measurements, physiology, bioacoustics and the use of novel technologies such as wearable sensors and artificial intelligence (deep learning).

My current research focuses on sleep behaviour as a measure of animal welfare in domestic dogs and captive giraffes. To this end, several innovative technologies are being used to understand how sleep fragmentation may affect species behaviour leading to a decrease in quality of life.  This project is being developed in partnership with different institutions in the UK, Brazil, Austria, and Israel. 

In past research, I have investigated the welfare of captive carnivores at San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park evaluating how welfare relates to both captive and natural history, the zoo environment and behavioural diversity. During my MSc, I researched Military Police horses in Brazil, investigating how abnormal behaviours and health conditions are associated with individuals' personalities. As an undergrad, I was an intern at a Zoological Institution in South Brazil and my final year project comprised the investigation of the effectiveness of the different enrichment techniques being employed to increase behavioural diversity and welfare.

I have also a research interest in species conservation and management ex-situ and have worked as a field biologist in different population translocation and population monitoring projects in areas impacted by human activities (such as mining activities) in the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado areas in Brazil.

 

Current teaching

I am currently a module leader for:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Systems Biology
  • Ethics and Welfare 
  • Principles of Assessing Animal Performance

I contribute to teaching in the following modules:

  • Fundamentals Skills for the Animal Scientist 
  • Companion and Working Animals Regulations

I am also a supervisor for students' final year projects in topics related to animal behaviour, animal welfare, zoo biology, and canine science.

 

External positions and memberships

Memberships:

  • Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN)
  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)
  • Sociedade Brasileira de Etologia (Brazilian Society for Ethology)

Education/Academic qualification

Animal Behaviour and welfare, PhD, University of Salford

20162020

Award Date: 30 Apr 2020

Zoology, MSc, PUC Minas

20102012

Award Date: 31 May 2012

Biological Sciences, BSC (hons), UNIVALI

20052009

Award Date: 14 Aug 2009

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