Current Applied Ethology Lab Graduate Students

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Hector J. Perez Marquez, DVM, PhD

Hector was born and raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, where he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry at the University of Zacatecas in 2008. His previous work has included the use of infrared thermography to measure physiological changes via radiated heat and micro-behavioural biometrics to detect different reproductive states in dairy cattle. In addition, he is interested in new technologies that combine physiological and behavioural parameters to help diagnose and predict important pathological and physiological events in dairy cattle. Currently, he is working on novel approaches to minimize lameness prevalence in dairy cattle as part of a post-doctoral program.

MSc Student, Keana Kathan, BSc
Keana completed her BSc in Agriculture with a specialization in Animal Science at the University of Alberta. Throughout her undergraduate program she gained an interest in livestock behaviour, genetics, and how emerging policies can alter animal management systems. She is currently researching broiler gait kinematics and genomics.

MSc Student, Emily DePaoli, BSc

Emily was raised in Southern Alberta on a mixed grain and cattle operation, where she developed an initial interest in agriculture and animals. She completed her BSc in Animal Health at the University of Alberta in 2021. Emily's research interests include projects that work to improve animal agriculture in relation to: animal welfare, the environment and the well-being of producers. Her current research focuses on assessing perching behaviour in laying hens utilizing 3D kinematics to study the impact of perching biomechanics on keel bone health.