Professor Vicky Melfi

Dr, Lead | Animal & Agriculture Research Centre

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Human-wildlife interactions
Zoo animal behaviour, conservation and welfare
Nature on prescription

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Personal profile

Professional information

With over 30 years working within the zoo profession, as well as holding various academic appointments, I am a passionate advocate of professional/academic collaborations to gather data which can underpin evidence based practice, to achieve great animal welfare and conservation outcomes. I believe that empowering people, with the knowledge and skills, needed to implement evidence based practice is fundamental to successfully improving animal welfare and conservation. A central theme in my research, teaching and professional activities, is a keen interest in human-animal interactions; where an understanding of both is critical to enhancing the lives of both parties and ensureing a healthy planet. 

Research interests

Exploring human-animal interactions, especially with wildlife. 

Ensuring good animal welfare during interactions with humans.

Establishing positive stakeholder engagement in wildlife conservation.

Evaluating the value of zoos within communities; including Zoos on Prescription.


Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, PhD, Identification & evaluation of captive environmental factors that affect the behaviour of Sulawesi crested black macaques., Trinity College, Dublin

Oct 1998Jul 2001

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, MSc, A wild captive comparison of Sulawesi macaque behaviour: a multi-zoo approach, University of Edinburgh

Oct 1996Sept 1997

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997

Agricultural and Food Sciences: Animal Science , BSc, Female reproductive status and male social rank in a troop of zoo-housed squirrel monkeys, University of Nottingham

Oct 1992Jul 1995

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

External positions

JZAR | Managing Editor, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Jan 2017 → …


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