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Speaker Biographies

Professor Clare Palmer (Texas A&M University, USA)
What is wild animal welfare, and how far should we care about it?

Dr Clare Palmer is the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Liberal Arts & Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Originally from the UK, she studied at Oxford University, and worked in the UK, Australia, and the US before moving to her current position in 2010. Her research encompasses animal and environmental ethics – particularly the intersection between the two – and the ethics of emerging technologies. She’s the author or co-author of a number of books including Animal Ethics in Context (2010) Companion Animal Ethics (2015) and, in 2023 with a small team of co-authors, Wildlife Ethics: The ethics of wildlife management and conservation, published in UFAW’S Wiley Blackwell series. Clare is a past elected President of the International Society of Environmental Ethics, and is currently working on a project funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities on the ethics of using biotechnology for conservation purposes. Together with Peter Sandøe and Dan Weary, she co-authors a monthly Ethics column in the Canadian Veterinary Journal.