Isabelle Szott CV


Since 2015           PhD Candidate LJMU

PhD Thesis: The impact of wildlife tourism on elephants, Loxodonta africana, in South Africa

Supervised by Dr Nicola Koyama (LJMU); Professor Serge Wich (LJMU), Dr Antje Engelhardt (LJMU), Dr Y Pretorius

AESOP Erasmus Mundus, LJMU Matched Funding Scholarship

2014 – 2015         LJMU

MPhil Thesis: The effect of genotype on attention bias in rhesus macaques, Macaca mulatta, as a welfare indicator, Pass

Supervised by Dr Emily Bethell, Dr Craig Wilding, Dr Claudia Mettke-Hofmann

2011 – 2015         LJMU

BSc, Animal Behaviour, (1st class)

Courses: Fundamentals of scientific research, ecology and behaviour, genetics and evolution, habitats and species, physiology, animal behaviour and welfare, control and perception, primate biology, research methods for biosciences, wildlife forensics, animal learning and cognition, behaviour and welfare of captive animals, behavioural ecology, primate social systems, research project

BSc Thesis: Aggression and competition in a group of semi-captive African elephants, Loxodonta africana, due to artificial feeding by tourists. Supervised by: Dr H Nichols

Research Experience

January 2016 – July 2017     

Field work in Madikwe Game Reserve, ZA

September 2014 – May 2015

LJMU: Lab work analysing DNA. Genotyping and DNA sequencing

January 2015 – April 2015

Centre For Macaques, Salisbury. Field work with captive macaques.

August 2013

African Elephant Research Unit. Field work with semi-captive African elephants.

Teaching Experience

September 2015 – December 2019

LJMU: Graduate student demonstrator.

September 2012 – December 2019

Student Advocate


  • Data collection methods, Statistical analysis in R and SPSS, QGIS, Monitoring and evaluation of scientific research, DNA analysis, Microsoft Office applications, Communication software (Skype, Zoom, WordPress), Social Media Marketing (Facebook, Instagram), project management and coordination, teamwork, associate fellow of the higher education academy


English (Advanced), German (Advanced), French (Basic)

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