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Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research focuses on the interaction between behaviour and physiology in fish and the importance of their integrated effects when investigating how animals function. 

I am interested in how environmental effects (both natural and anthropogenic) can impact the behaviour and physiology of aquatic organisms which has importance for understanding their welfare, conservation and predicting the effects of environmental change on aquatic environments.

Current research activities

My research group is currently working on the following topics:


The welfare of ornamental fish during transport.

The effects of carotenoids on the health and welfare of ornamental fish.

The attractiveness of shrimp feed in aquaculture.

The reestablishment of fish communities on restored coral reefs.

The development of non-invasive measures of fish welfare.

The role of pet fish in the primary school classroom.

The role of pets in health care.


Funding sources include:


WALTHAM Foundation


Desired research direction

My more recent research focusses on the role of the developmental environment in shaping future behaviour and physiology.

Target collaborative companies



Target collaborative organisations

University of North Texas

University of Exeter

University of Glasgow


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Aquatic toxicology

Animal welfare

Animal behaviour


External positions

Associate Editor for the Journal of Fish Biology

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Research Output

Effect of a water conditioner on ornamental fish behaviour during commercial transport

Vanderzwalmen, M., Edmonds, E., Carey, P., Snellgrove, D. & Sloman, K. A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Aquaculture. 514, 9 p., 734486.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The influence of sex on feeding behaviour in Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)

    Bardera, G., Owen, M. A. G., Façanha, F. N., Sloman, K. A. & Alexander, M. E., 31 Mar 2020, In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 224, 7 p., 104946.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ethical considerations in fish research

    Sloman, K. A., Bouyoucos, I. A., Brooks, E. J. & Sneddon, L. U., 11 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 94, 4, p. 556-577 22 p., 13946.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Improving ornamental fish welfare during commercial transport

    Vanderzwalmen, M., Sloman, K., Snellgrove, D. & Carey, P., 2 Jul 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

  • Observing live fish improves perceptions of mood, relaxation and anxiety, but does not consistently alter heart rate or heart rate variability

    Gee, N. R., Reed, T., Whiting, A., Friedmann, E., Snellgrove, D. & Sloman, K. A., 27 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 17, 3113.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    60 Downloads (Pure)


    UWS Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

    Mhairi Alexander (Speaker), Kath Sloman (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Invited talk: The re-establishment of fish assemblages on restored coral reefs. Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia

    Mhairi Alexander (Invited speaker), Marie Seraphim (Invited speaker), Kath Sloman (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    UWS Super Science Festival

    Phillip Cowie (Presenter), Kath Sloman (Presenter), Mhairi Alexander (Presenter), Marie Seraphim (Presenter), Guillermo Bardera (Presenter)
    Feb 2019

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


    Society for Experimental Biology

    Kath Sloman (Invited speaker), Lewis Eaton (Participant), Priyadarshini Tamilselvan (Participant), Daniel Sánchez Lacalle (Participant), Guillermo Bardera (Participant), Mhairi Alexander (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant)
    Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Society for Experimental Biology

    Daniel Sánchez Lacalle (Speaker), Donna Snellgrove (Participant), Kath Sloman (Participant)
    Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Welfare of Ornamental Fish

    Kath Sloman


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Parental care in discus

    Kath Sloman


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Ornamental fish welfare

    Katherine Sloman


    4 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Other