Dr. Lauren Robinson is a postdoctoral research fellow in animal behavior and endocrinology at a zoo in Florida. In 2017 she received her PhD in psychology from the University of Edinburgh where she studied the personality and health, welfare, and happiness of nonhuman primates. She became obsessed with animals as an overly chatty, curious, and headstrong child (according to her mother). As an undergrad Lauren took a course on animal behaviour and realized you could make a living studying animals. As a postdoc she enjoys, and hopes to continue, being paid to do so.
Lauren researches animal welfare and focuses on questions such as how personality influences happiness, welfare, and health in animals. She has studied rhesus macaques, Asian and African elephants, domestic dogs, Humboldt penguins, brown capuchins, Japanese macaques, grizzly bears, hyenas, scimitar oryx, and chimpanzees because no one told her not to and more species means more fun. Lauren has multiple published papers on animal personality and is editing a book on primate welfare for Springer.
Prior to her postdoc and PhD, Lauren obtained a BA in psychology from the University of Washington and a MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. As a postdoc she is attempting to act like the grown-ups, success tbd.
Monkeys, Happiness, and Winning Debates – February 2017