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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge

 

Cristina Acasuso-Rivero

Cristina Acasuso-Rivero

Comparative study in behavioural, phenotypical and epigenetic effects due to environmental adaptations in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Supervisor: Dr Gareth Pearce


Biography:

2003 - 2005 - Cozumel, Mx - Marine Mammal trainer (Tursiops truncatus).

2005 - Holbox, Mx - Whale-shark season 2005 -> Research assistant (Rhincodon typus). With Dr. Rafael de la Parra.

2005 - 2009 - UAEM, Mx - Undergraduate in Biology- Hns.

2005-2006 -  Parque Chapultepec, Mx -  Bird training (macaws, cockatoos and parrots).

2007 - CyBIC, Mx - > Behaviour of the scarab leaf eater (Ogdoecosta biannularis). With Dr. Marcela Osorio B.

2008 - CyBIC, Mx & Queen´s Ca -> Territoriality behaviour of orioles (Icterus pustulatus). With Dr. Marcela Osiorio B. & Troy Murphy.

2008 - UBA, Ar - Molecular Genetics, exchange program.

2008 - 2010 - Undergrad thesis (yes, we do that and for 2 years!!!) - UNAM, Mx - Neuroendocrinology -> Behaviour, stress, brains, DNA & RNA expression (Rattus norvegicus).  With Dr. Patricia Joseph-Bravo.

2010 - 2012 - CRI, Paris V, Fr - Master in Interdisciplinary Sciences - Hns.

2011 - UPMC / CNRS, Fr - Ecomaths, population genetics->  Parental analysis, SNPs & statistical modeling (Zootoca vivipara). With Dr. Jean-Francois Le Galliard.

2011 - 1012 - INSERM, Fr - Statistical modelling -> hereditary theory, fitness traits, meta-analysis, environment.  With Dr. Ulrich Steiner

2012 - Archipelagos, Gr - Fishery management strategies -> Sustainable fisheries, monitoring, community work & shipping lane models. With Anastasia Miliou.

2012 - ENS / MNHN, Fr - Philosophy-> Animal Behaviour, environment, empathy & anthropomorphism. With Dr.  Dominique Lestel.

 

 

Subject groups/Research projects

Comparative Pathobiology:

Research Interests

My central interest in science is in behaviour and the environment. From there I broaden my interests to physiology, learning abilities, frustration, (epi)genetics, the hereditary theory, statistical modelling and philosophy. Today I am putting all together from an animal welfare perspective.

Keywords

  • Environment
  • Evolution
  • cognition
  • Stress
  • Behaviour
  • Animal welfare science
  • animal behaviour
  • epigenetics, MHC
  • phenotypic plasticity

Key Publications

Acasuso-Rivero C (2012). In the search of intra and inter-specific balance. Revue de primatologie [En ligne], 4 | 2012, document 6.

Gutierrez-Mariscal M et al (2012). The acute response of the amygdalar TRH system to psychogenic stressors varies dependent on the paradigm and circadian condition. 1452: 73-84.