Interviews with wildlife sound recordists

Alan McElligott interviewed by Mark Peter Wright (1 of 1)

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  • Interviewees

    McElligott, Alan (speaker, male, interviewee)

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    Wright, Mark Peter (speaker, male, interviewer)

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    Wright, Mark Peter

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    Track 1 [01:17:31]. [00:00.00] AM reflects on childhood years growing up on a farm in Kerry (Republic of Ireland) and his early influences including schooling. [00:03.57] AM discusses working on the farm and talks about the family dynamic around of this context. [00:05:24] AM discusses second level school days (GCSE’s) and also A Levels. Continues to talk about choosing to repeat a year aged 16 in order to follow his educational plan and get the marks needed for University. [00:08:40] AM reflects on starting his degree in Zoology at Cork University College, 1988-1992 (BA). Continues to discuss subjects and the community of people in lab experiments and more so from playing sport (Basketball then Volleyball) (aged 18). [00:012:03] AM discusses second year university and concentrating on Zoology and Biology along with ecology. Continues to discuss his third year literature review topic about social behaviour in ungulates (hooved mammals) and literature availability during the time. [00:15:23] AM discusses fieldwork in West Cork in the third year and how in his fourth year under the supervision of Prof. Paul Brain (animal Behaviour, Swansea) he studied the social behaviour of feral ponies on the Gower peninsula (first semester of final year). [00:17:56] AM reflects on mammal vocal studies around the time circa 1991-92 and discusses its growing importance towards the mid/ late 90’s, often through adjacent studies in birdsong. Continues to talk about his movement into a PhD through Fallow Deer work (circa June 1992) in Phoenix Park, Dublin. [00:24:07] AM discuses the specifics of his PhD studies on Fallow Deer. Continues to discuss the recording and management of observational and statistical data collection. [00:28:13] AM discusses the growing importance of vocalisation in his own research and the work of others. Continues to discuss the vocal rates of rutting fallow deer and behavioural contexts. [00:35:37] AM discuses “good” quality data and being in the field with other researchers. Continues to discuss working with others technically to record vocalisations and the use of playback in field research. [00:43:54] AM reflects on his reasons for selecting goats as his main future subject of study. [00:45:47] AM discusses his overall philosophy and approach to studying goats. Continues to reflect on the welfare of goats in the UK and at Buttercup Sanctuary for Goats, Kent (where the University carries out most of its research). [00:50:00] AM discusses how research feeds back and effects aspects such as animal welfare, cognition and communication. [00:54:07] AM reflects on the how animal sentience is perceived both culturally and scientifically. Continues to discuss testing animal emotions along with the importance and challenge of identifying positive states through goat vocalisation analysis. [01:00:18] AM reflects on goats social behaviour. Continues to talk about the work he and his students do at the sanctuary in Kent and the global importance of studying goats. [01:08:06] Discusses tests that showed how goats solve and remember tasks and puzzles in relation to feeding and the consequent publication that gathered public interest and reversed many cultural stereo types towards animals. [01:13:27] AM discusses work as an editor of journals, teaching and wider administrative duties. [01:14:45] AM finishes by discussing what keeps him motivated to do this research [end of track]

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    Interview with Alan McElligott (1 of 1). The animal behaviour, biology and experimental psychology expert discuses his personal history and research.

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