Dr Marianne Freeman

Marianne is a course tutor for Animal Management courses.


I am a zoologist/ecologist with a specific interest captive and wild animal management. My masters research investigated social and environmental factors on the behaviour of captive western colobus monkeys. During my PhD I studied invasive deer ecology, including genetic and geographic modelling as well as the ecological uses of camera traps

More recently I was senior tertiary education officer for the RZSS delivering courses and lessons and supervising projects ranging from education evaluation, zoo records, welfare and nutrition. In association with Edinburgh Napier University I helped to set up an ongoing captive camera trap project investigating the camera trap detection rates on captive semi aquatic mammals the results of which can be transferred to ecological uses in the wild. I have supervised several student dissertations for the University of Edinburgh’s MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare and BSc Reproductive Biology.

I sit on the British Ecological Society Education and Careers Committee and the Grants Committee. I also volunteer with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and have trained puppies to become qualified assistance dogs.