Dr Weber's research focus on welfare of laboratory animals. She has worked with laboratory animals since she did her master in 2005 at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Porto, Portugal. Her main research interest is applied ethology, especially how knowledge about the animals' natural behavior can improve well-being of the animals. Previous work has mainly focused on maternal behavior and problems with reproduction in laboratory mice, with emphasis on the effect of housing environment. Her present research on welfare in laboratory mice includes designing housing that meets the behavioral needs of laboratory mice within the restrictions of the laboratory environment. Dr. Weber is regularly involved in educating researchers in ethology and welfare of laboratory animals. Besides ethology and animal welfare, her research also involves animal ethics.
Mouse Ethogram: www.mousebehavior.org