Dr Sarah Jowett featured in leading publication

January 2022

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Dr Sarah Jowett's work on social networks between sows is continuing to draw attention within the animal science sector.

Two of the former Writtle University College PhD student's publications have been featured in a recent edition of Editorial for Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

The journal covers a range of topics, including the behaviour of farm, zoo and laboratory animals in relation to animal management and welfare.

Sarah said: "I am immensely pleased to have my research highlighted in Applied Animal Behaviour Science. The use of social network analysis is still relatively new in the field of applied animal behaviour, particularly within commercial species, making the highlight even more rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my PhD at WUC, even the 'pig painting', which would not have been possible without the help of the amazing staff at Sturgeons Farm."

Sarah successfully defended her PhD thesis in 2021. Her research investigated the social roles in a breeding sow herd at Sturgeons Farm by using a social network analysis approach.

The sows were exposed to an unstable environment in which individuals were frequently added and removed from the herd. The study examined the stability and formation of social roles in positive and negative behavioural networks, additionally assessing the relationship between social roles, and reproductive performance.

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