Lisa Wallis, MSc
Lisa Wallis studied Animal Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her undergraduate dissertation examined wolf-human social interaction and relationships at Wolf Park, Lafayette, IN, USA.
During her MSc at the Department of Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University, she investigated social interactions and dominance hierarchies in Eurasian Beavers (Castor fiber) in Norway in collaboration with Wildcru (University of Oxford). After finishing her MSc, she worked as a research assistant with Cambridge University at the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa. She completed an analysis project on reproductive conflict - suppression of subordinate female reproduction in cooperatively breeding meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Currently, she is a PhD student working on a project under the supervision of Ludwig Huber, Friederike Range, and Zsofia Virányi. Her PhD topic encompasses cognitive development and aging over the lifespan of pet dogs.
Main fields of research
Scientific study of dog behavior and dog-human interactions as well as its practical application
Influence of cognitive functions and basic control processes on dog-human interactions
Influence of aging on problem solving and causal reasoning, learning, memory and trainability, physical cognition, social attentiveness, and social cognition.
Current research projects
Wallis, L./Range, F./Müller, C./Virányi, Zs. (2011): Reversal learning in a social communication task: is there an effect of cue? Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 2011;6(1):85-85.
Wallis, L. J., Range, F., Müller, C. A., Serisier, S., Huber, L., and Virányi, Z. (2014). Lifespan development of attentiveness in domestic dogs: drawing parallels with humans. Front. Psychol. 5, 71.