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Georgia Mason

Position/Title: Canada Research Chair, Professor
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 56804
Office: ANNU 245

Georgia Mason is a behavioural biologist who studies how animals adapt to captive housing conditions (or fail to), especially conditions that meet their physiological needs but are too small or monotonous to allow natural behaviour. She is also interested in the validation of animal welfare indicators. Georgia has a first class degree in Zoology from Cambridge University (1984-1987), where she also did her PhD (1988-1992) and held a Clare College Research Fellowship (1991-1994). She then moved to Oxford's Zoology department, working for 5 years as a vertebrate biology 'demonstrator' (equivalent to an assistant professor), followed by a 5 year David Phillips Research Fellowship from the BBSRC. Georgia moved to Guelph in 2004 to take up a Canada Research Chair. She has over 160 publications, including a co-authored, edited book on stereotypic behaviour (, and papers in NatureScience and TREE. She is a Visiting Professor in Welfare Physiology at the Royal Veterinary College (UK), as well as an Honorary Research Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She has also served on numerous committees and working groups turning welfare science into policy, for instance for the European Union, the UK government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the US’s National Academy of Science, and Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council and Canadian Council on Animal Care. For Georgia's papers as listed by Google Scholar, click here: For a more complete list and access to all her publications, please use this link: For information about her current and past graduate students and post-docs, as well as more information on animal welfare research in Guelph, go to the UoG Animal Behaviour & Welfare site: For more about life in her lab, please go to her lab blog ( For research opportunities with her, see: