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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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Kath Sloman is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Fishes Medicine & Life Sciences
fish Agriculture & Biology
Oncorhynchus mykiss Medicine & Life Sciences
rainbow Earth & Environmental Sciences
cortisol Agriculture & Biology
Salmo trutta Agriculture & Biology
ornamental fish Agriculture & Biology
Cadmium Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1997 2020

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

ornamental fish
fish behavior
5 Citations (Scopus)

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


Improving ornamental fish welfare during commercial transport

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

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

ornamental fish
environmental enrichment
48 Downloads (Pure)

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

The effect of short-term feed-deprivation and moult status on feeding behaviour of the Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)

Bardera, G., Owen, M. A. G., Pountney, D., Alexander, M. E. & Sloman, K. A., 15 Sep 2019, In : Aquaculture. 511, 10 p., 734222.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

feed deprivation
Litopenaeus vannamei
feeding behavior

Activities 2006 2019

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


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 Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

Mhairi Alexander (Speaker), Kath Sloman (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Jason McNeill (Participant), Myriam Vanderzwalmen (Speaker), Peter Carey (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant), Kath Sloman (Participant)
Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Canadian Society of Zoologists Annual Meeting

Kath Sloman (Invited speaker)
May 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


Litopenaeus vannamei
crustacean culture
feed deprivation
shrimp culture
aquarium fish
systematic review
human health