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Dr Marian Bond

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Life Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Animal and environmental biology
Research Supervision:

Marian has over 30 years experience of working and teaching in animal behaviour and physiotherapy. She is a Fellow of the Society of Biology a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a professional dog trainer and a PADI-certified Master Diver.

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Marian lectures across our animal and environmental biology courses. She holds a PhD and, before joining ARU, worked for 20 years as a physiotherapist in clinical and managerial roles.

Marian designed RCVS-accredited FdSc and BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing and Animal Behaviour degrees. She has been nominated for the student-elected 'Made a Difference' Awards, winning the title in the 'Most Innovative Teaching' category in 2016.

Research interests
  • Cognition and training of the domestic dog
  • Play behaviour of the domestic dog
  • Animal learning and training of captive animals
  • Assessment of stress in domestic and captive animals
  • Self-efficacy
  • Learning and teaching in HEA

Marian is a member of our Behavioural Ecology Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

Marian welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in the areas of her research interests.

Find out more about our Biology PhD including our exciting PhD project opportunities.


BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour

  • MCSP SRP Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Health Sciences
  • PhD
  • BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • MA Learning and Teaching
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Fellow, the Society of Biology
  • Senior Fellow, of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Honours pass, Graduate Instructor, British Institute for Professional Dog Trainers
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Author of a range of Mammal Society information sheets
  • Past Editor of Mammal News, the tri-annual magazine of The Mammal Society
  • Curriculum Development Officer for College of West Anglia, 2008–10
  • Member of the research team awarded an ARU Enterprising Academics award in 2015
  • External Examiner for animal behaviour degree programmes at Southampton University (2009-2013), Hull University/Bishop Burton College (2013-16) and Newcastle University (2016-19), Harper Adams (2019 to present)