Ophelie Aeimerton

Research interests

As part of my master thesis, I am currently exploring the relationships between stress levels (psychosocial stressors) of captive ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) and their social behaviours depending on dominance status and kinship proximity, during feeding events and supervised animal-assisted therapy sessions. A general aim of improving the welfare and management of captive animals and better understand lemurs’ emotional life.

I will use non-invasive thermal imaging to record individuals' nasal temperature, a reliable indicator of negative emotional state in non-human primates (Nakayama et al., 2005).  To our knowledge, this would be the first study to use thermal imaging technique on this species. This study is in collaboration with the Bioparc Genève.