Mrs Rhea Burton-Roberts

Teaching & Scholarship Lecturer in Zoology

Teaching and Supervision

During my time at Bangor, I have developed a varied portfolio of teaching activity. I have successfully completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) Stage 2, and I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am Course Director for the new Zoology with Animal Management degree programme (beginning September 2022) and module coordinator for associated core modules; Animal Management, Advances in Animal Management and Animal Husbandry Placement. I am passionate about enhancing student employability in the animal care sector, and have developed teaching and placement provision down at our University Farm, Henfaes Research Centre. I also supervise third year Undergraduate dissertations and contribute to the following modules:

  • Animal Ethics and Welfare (BSX-3149)

  • Practical Skills 1 (BSX-1030)

  • Advances in Behaviour (BNS-2004)

  • Behavioural Ecology (BSX-2018)

  • BioScience Skills (BSX-2021)

  • Tutorials Year One (BSX-1028)



The main aim of my research is to gain an understanding of the key drivers of African elephant movement in relation to resource availability in the highly dynamic savanna ecosystem. I am particularly interested in how elephant family groups respond to periods of resource scarcity, and their facultative responses to changing conditions. I am currently analysing their movement patterns; in particular, their home ranges, habitat selection and movement rates in conjunction with season and resource availability. 

Through my research, I have formed collaborations with a number of prominent international institutions, including; Space for Elephants Foundation, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Kruger National Park Scientific Services, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in Bangalore and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. I am currently in the process of finalising two articles for publication, and have presented my work orally at two major international conferences in my field (12th International Mammalogical Congress, 2017 and the BioMove Symposium, 2018). 

Research areas and keywords


  • QL Zoology - Elephant, Movement Ecology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Animal Husbandry, Animal Management, Alpaca, Animal Ethics

Education / academic qualifications

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