Dr. Irene Camerlink MSc.

Dr Irene Camerlink supported our team 2018-2020. 

Her main focus was the behaviour and welfare of pigs. Observing the behavioural abnormalities and welfare problems in practice on a global scale had been a strong driver to keep searching for ways to improve health and welfare through providing a scientific base for potential solutions. Interdisciplinary research combining animal- and social sciences had hereby played a key factor, with interdisciplinary work being essential to apply science into practice. Other research interests were (positive) social behaviour of pigs, neurobiology, behavioural genetics, homeopathy, conflict behaviour and brain lateralization.


Research expertise

  • Social behaviour
  • Animal welfare
  • Game theory
  • Indirect genetic effects
  • Social sciences

Research outputs

www.researchgate.net/profile/Irene_Camerlink 1

Curriculum vitae


 Researcher at the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria


Postdoctoral researcher at Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Animal Veterinary Sciences, Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh UK.

2009- 2014

PhD student in Animal Breeding and Genetic, and Adaptation Physiology, Wageningen University Netherlands. 

2007 - 2009

MSc in Research in Animal Sciences, Livestock Production Systems, Wageningen University Netherlands.    

2003 – 2007

BSc in Animal Health, Van Hall Larenstein, Leeuwarden, Netherlands


Selected publications

Camerlink, I., Turner, S. P., Farish, M., & Arnott, G. (2017). The influence of experience on contest assessment strategies. Scientific reports, 7(1), 14492.

Camerlink, I., Arnott, G., Farish, M., & Turner, S. P. (2016). Complex contests and the influence of aggressiveness in pigs. Animal Behaviour, 121, 71-78.

Camerlink, I., Turner, S. P., Farish, M., & Arnott, G. (2015). Aggressiveness as a component of fighting ability in pigs using a game-theoretical framework. Animal Behaviour, 108, 183-191.

Camerlink, I., Ursinus, W. W., Bijma, P., Kemp, B., Bolhuis, J. E. (2014). Indirect genetic effects for growth rate in domestic pigs alter aggressive and manipulative biting behaviour. Behavior genetics, 1-10.

Camerlink, I., Turner, S.P., Ursinus, W.W., Reimert, I., Bolhuis, J.E. (2014).  Aggression and affiliation during social conflict in pigs. PloS one, 9(11), e113502.

Camerlink, I., Turner, S.P., Bijma, P., Bolhuis, J.E. (2013). Indirect genetic effects and housing conditions change aggressive behaviour in pigs. Plos One 8(6), e65136.