I am an animal welfare scientist and primatologist specialising in zoo welfare assessment and the interplay between cognition, environmental enrichment and welfare. I joined the Department of Politics and Society's Centre for Animal Welfare in Sept. 2018.
I have over five years' experience lecturing and managing programmes in animal welfare, management and science. I also work as a welfare consultant, most notably I have helped organisations create campaigns to raised awareness of the pet primate industry in the UK and the need for prohibition or regulation. For more information, visit the Welfare 4 Wildlife campaign run by Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre.
Prior to lecturing, I was a Senior Scientist at the RSPCA, where I instigated a primate rehoming scheme to rescue traumatised pet primates and provide them with safe, specialised care and an opportunity to experience good welfare, trust and good health. I have worked on other projects including the welfare of animals in travelling circuses, animals in tourism, zoo animal welfare and the welfare of other exotic mammals kept as pets.
My approach to animal welfare is one of inclusivity. Having worked as a primate keeper in the UK and volunteering in the animal charity sector for many years, plus working for major welfare organisations where one must liaise with government departments, lawyers, media and other stakeholders, I value a collaborative approach and maintain strong links with industry: I am the Coordinator of the Research Engagement Subgroup, The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Research Committee and coordinate abstract review/programme development for the annual zoo welfare research conference.
Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Areas of expertise
- Chimpanzee cognition and social learning
- Aye aye welfare and breeding success
- Quality of life concept of animal welfare and use of qualitative behaviour assessments
- Aetiology of abnormal behaviour in zoo animals
- Cognitive enrichment
Articles and reports
Hammerton, R., Hunt, K. A. and Riley, L.M. (Submitted). An investigation into keeper opinions of great ape diets and abnormal behaviour. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research.
Rose, P. E. and Riley, L. M. (Submitted). The use of Qualitative Behavioural Assessment to zoo welfare measurement and animal husbandry change. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research.
Rose, P. E. and Riley, L. M. (Submitted). An assessment of the application, use and evaluation of environmental enrichment practices within specific areas of zoo animal husbandry. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research.
Riley, L. M. (2018). Conserving behaviour with cognitive enrichment: a new frontier for zoo conservation biology. In M. Berger and S. Corbett (Eds), Zoo Animals: Husbandry, Welfare and Public Interactions. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Rose, P. E., Hunt, K. A. and Riley, L.M. (2018). Animals in an online world: An evaluation of how zoological collections use social media. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 6(2): 57 - 62.
Rose, P. E., Nash, S. M. and Riley, L. M. (2017). Moving forward with zoo welfare assessment: A response to Cooke (2017). Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 22, 75-77.
Rose, P. E., Nash, S. M. and Riley, L. M. (2017). To pace or not to pace? A critical review of what Abnormal Repetitive Behaviour tells us about zoo animal management. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 20: 11-21.
Rose, P. E., Harley, J. and Riley, L. M. (2017). More than mammals and more than food: A review of the environmental enrichment workshops at the 19th BIAZA Research Conference. Ratel, 44 (3): 18-21.
Riley, L. M. (2012). Exotics Pledge: Project and Funding Brief. RSPCA document.
Riley, L. M. (2012). Pet Primates. RSPCA Brief for Government and associated press.
Riley, L. M. (2011). Enrichment report for MONA Foundation, Girona, Spain.
Harper, C. and Riley, L.M. Do female black lemurs see red? Poster presentation: 20th BIAZA Research Committee Conference, Devon, UK: July 2018.
Hammerton, R., Hunt, K. A., and Riley, L.M. An investigation into keeper opinions of great ape diets and abnormal behaviour. Poster presentation: 20th BIAZA Research Committee Conference, Devon, UK: July 2018.
Jones, L., Roe, E. and Riley, L.M. (2018). Aye Aye captive behaviour: A preliminary investigation. 20th BIAZA Research Committee Conference, Devon, UK: July 2018.
Rose, P.E. and Riley, L.M. (2018). Meeting the welfare challenge- where does science take us in the next 20 years? 20th BIAZA Research Committee Conference, Devon, UK: July 2018.
Riley, L. M. (2017). Environmental Enrichment: Workshop Introduction. 19th BIAZA Annual Research Conference, 5th July 2017.
Smyth, V., Riley, L. M. and Hunt, K. (2015). Captive Ringtail lemur diets: Nutritional comparison between UK zoos. Poster presentation, Marwell Wildlife Mammal Nutrition Seminar, 4th November 2015.
Riley, L. M. and Adwick, S. (2012) The Welfare of Exotic Pets: Presentation series. RSPCA Regional Superintendent and Chief Inspector’s meeting. England.
Riley, L. M. (2012). Cognitive enrichment in chimpanzees. Regional Shape of Enrichment Conference, Howletts, Kent.
Riley, L. M., Custance, D. M. and, McGrew, W. C. (2010). Constraints on tool selection and social learning in captive chimpanzees. Primate Society of Great Britain, Winter Meeting, London.
Riley, L. M., MacLarnon, A. and Custance, D. M. (2009). Cognitive enrichment in chimpanzees. Primate Society of Great Britain, Spring Meeting, Portsmouth.
Riley, L. M., and Custance, D. M. (2008). Hierarchical learning in chimpanzees. International Primatological Society XXII Congress, EdinburghStaff Directory