Rhiannon Bolton

Conservation Scholar

Bachelor Veterinary Medical Science (Hons) - University of Nottingham, 2010
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery - University of Nottingham, 2012             
MRes in Veterinary Science - University of Nottingham, 2015
NERC ACCE DTP CASE PhD studentship - University of Liverpool, ongoing 

I am part of a collaborative PhD doctoral training programme involving the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and York, and my CASE partner is Chester Zoo. I graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Nottingham in 2012, and worked in small animal and wildlife clinical practice, followed by large animal epidemiology and welfare. However, I was always more interested in the bigger picture, so returned to academia where I was awarded Wellcome Trust funding to complete a MRes investigating the impacts of environmental pollutants on adrenal gland development and fertility. 

My current research uses non-invasive endocrine techniques to investigate the hormonal and neuropeptide correlates of prosocial behaviour and aggression. The aim is to reduce aggression and therefore improve fertility rates in endangered cooperatively breeding mammals at Chester Zoo.

Key Publications

Bolton RL, Masters NJ, Milham P, Lea RG. 2012. Environment and reproductive dysfunction in captive female great apes (Hominidae). The Veterinary Record 170(26):676.

Project partners

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Professor Jane Hurst (Mammalian Behaviour & Evolution, University of Liverpool)

Professor Paula Stockley (Mammalian Behaviour & Evolution, University of Liverpool)

Dr Sue Walker (Chester Zoo)

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