David Cooper is a postdoctoral researcher on the Wellcome Trust Project: From ‘Feed the Birds’ to ‘Do Not Feed the Animals’.
David has a geographical background, having studied Geography at Loughborough University and Geographical Information Science at The University of Edinburgh. His PhD was conducted jointly between The National Museums Scotland and The University of Edinburgh, and investigates geographical and morphological variation in the lion and tiger. This project utilises the extensive big cat osteological collection at the National Museums Collection Centre.
As of 2021, David has been working on a collaborative Wellcome Trust research project which aims to tackle multidisciplinary questions surrounding animal feeding. This project spans The Universities of Exeter, Roehampton and Reading, and the National Museums Scotland. David brings expertise in geographical, and morphometric analysis to a wider team of zooarchaeologists, geochemists, anthropologists and social scientists. The project seeks to establish the drivers and consequences of animal feeding within three main areas:
This collaborative project looks at the roots of animal feeding, to establish the benefits and risk to humans, animals, and the environment.Read more