Plenary Speakers

Wood Gush Memorial Lecturer: Dr. K. Ullas Karanth

Dr. Karanth is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society in India and a leading tiger expert, based in Karnataka, India.  He works at the Cente for Wildlife Studies, Banglaore where he and the team have been responsible for ground-breaking research on the ecology and populatoin dynamics of tigers, leopards, elephants and other Indian large mammals. Dr. Karanth began the world’s longest running tiger project at Nagarhole, where 800 individual tigers have been identified. He has pioneered the scientific use of camera-trapping and radio-telemetry with tiger populatoins to provide estimates of population density.

Dr. Karanth provides expert advice on wildlife and tiger conservatoin and is a fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

Dr. Karanth will be the Wood-Gush Memorial Lecturer at ISAE2020. To learn more about David Wood-Gush, please click here.

UFAW Speaker: Dr. Georgia Mason

Dr. Georgia Mason is a behavioural biologist interested in the validation of indicators of animal emotion; the effects on brain, behaviour and welfare of living in barren housing conditions; and what it means to live a good happy life (whatever your species). She did a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship in Cambridge University’s Dept. of Zoology, followed by a teaching position and BBSRC fellowship at Oxford University. She moved from the UK to Canada in 2004 to take up a Canada Research Chair at the University of Guelph. She has over 200 publications, including in Nature & Science, and has won prizes for both her research and her graduate mentorship. In terms of laboratory species, she has worked with rats, mice, rhesus monkeys and zebra fish.

Dr. Mason is plenary speaker in the special session on ‘Welfare of animals in teaching and research’, that is co-organised by ISAE and UFAW.