What do rhythms in behaviour reveal about an animal's status?

Organisers: Christina Umstätter & Marianne Cockburn (Agroscope) and Lucy Asher (Newcastle University)

Short name (in EasyChair): Rhythms (S6)

Description of the symposium

Measuring behaviour has always been central to the assessment of an animal’s status, but until recently it has been difficult to precisely measure behaviour over long time-periods. Now that technology allows behaviour to be measured continuously over days, weeks, or even months, rhythms in behaviour can be examined. In humans, rhythms in behaviour alter in poor states of welfare, such as stress, anxiety or pain. Many diseases also change patterns in behaviour. In animals, we are starting to find similar results. Automated and other high-throughput analyses of behaviour mean there are great opportunities to use behavioural rhythms in monitoring or studying disease, affective disorders and animal welfare. This symposium and workshop will explore the latest research in these areas of behavioural rhythms. It will cover:

(i) technology used to capture behaviour;

(ii) applications of studying behavioural rhythms in animals, and

(iii) the theoretical underpinnings of the associations between rhythms and animal welfare.

Presentations will cover a variety of different species and contexts where measures of animal state are useful, with representatives from industry as well as academics working at the forefront of behavioural rhythms research.

Description of the workshop

The workshop will be structured as follows:

  • Discussion of methods for measuring rhythms
  • Discussion of analysis methods
  • Application potential
  • Synthesis

Circadium rhythm