Veterinary Public Health Institute, Animal Welfare Division


Dr. Matthew Brian Petelle

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Postal Address
Center for Proper Housing: Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ)
Animal Welfare Division
Veterinary Public Health Institute
University of Bern
Burgerweg 22
3052 Zollikofen


  • Understanding how (epi)genetic and environmental factors influence individual differences in behavior and their welfare consequences.

I earned my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary biology in 2014 at the University of California Los Angeles under Dan Blumstein. I investigated the causes and consequences of personality in yellow-bellied marmots. Afterwards, I moved to South Africa as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Free State, where I worked on individual differences in cognition, movement, and foraging in bat-eared foxes. In 2018, I moved to the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology to try and understand within- vs- among-species differences in cognition and behavior. I then expanded my research as a postdoctoral researcher at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance to try and understand how individual variation in behavior influences parent-rearing and welfare in the critically endangered 'Alalā, also known as the Hawaiian crow. Now as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern/Vetsuisse, my research will be to understand how environmental factors influence individual movement patterns and epigenetic signatures in laying hens.

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