This is recording of Susanne Shultz speaking at a public engagement event on behalf of The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB asab.org). Susanne spoke to us about how the ponies are a cultural and natural resource of Snowdonia. The history of the ponies, how they relate to other welsh ponies and other social animals. Then she covers how disturbances such as 'the gathering' impact upon the ponies. Finally Susanne goes on to discuss current research looking at using the ponies to understand horse behaviour in general, as well as, microbiomes and management of these gut bacteria in domesticated horses. You can view the Q&A session here: vimeo.com/301190737
Throughout her scientific career Professor Susanne Shultz has studied all sorts of animal societies - including dolphins, zebras and primates. Susanne started her career working with the RSPB, then at the Universities of Liverpool, Oxford and Manchester. Susanne is a Royal Society Research Fellow. Research Fellowships are awarded to early career scientists who have the potential to become leaders in their field. Susanne and fellow scientists have been observing the ponies and their behaviours for many years.