Dr Chris Brown

Chris Brown is standing next to a car holding a cup of tea

Principal Lecturer in Animal Biology/Biology

Biological Sciences

Contact Details

email: chris.brown@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 54 2185

Chris studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Following completion of his Honours degree, he joined the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology where he worked on their sub-Antarctic programme for several years, which included over two years carrying out research on the energetics and ecology of penguins, albatrosses and petrels on Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic. After obtaining his PhD, Chris joined the Department of Zoology & Entomology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. In 2002, after a short spell with the Department of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Chis moved to the UK as the Research Director at Hartpury College before joining the University of Worcester in 2008. His research interests are in animal physiological and behavioural ecology and ostrich biology.


  • PhD Zoology (University of Cape Town, 1988)
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology (University of Cape Town, 1980)
  • BSc Zoology (University of Cape Town, 1979)

Chris is a Fellow of theHigher Education Academy.


Current Teaching Areas
In addition to contributing to several other modules, I also teach specific modules on Animal diversity, Animal senses and survival, Physiological ecology, and Behavioural ecology.

Postgraduate students supervised:

Z. Brand (PhD) - Studies on embryonic development and hatchability of ostrich eggs.

H. Dekker (PhD) The effect of diet and management on the behaviour and activity budgets of horses.

D.M. Peinke (PhD) - Ecology and physiology of springhares in the Eastern Cape.

S.J. van Schalkwyk (MSc) - Improvement in fertility and hatchability of artificially incubated ostrich eggs in the Little Karoo.

Z. Brand (MSc) - The influence of female nutrition on quality and hatchability of ostrich eggs.

A. Meyer (MSc) - Behaviour and management of ostrich chicks in relation to hide damage on commercial ostrich farms.

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Society for Experimental Biology


Some recent publications:

BRAND, Z., CLOETE, S.W.P., MALECKI, I.A. & BROWN, C.R. (2017). Ostrich (Struthio camelus) embryonic development from 7 to 42 days of incubation. Brit. Poultry Sci. doi.org/10.1080/00071668.2016.1259529

BRAND, Z., CLOETE, Z.W.P., MALECKI, I.A. & BROWN, C.R. (2014). Embryonic development in the ostrich (Struthio camelus) during the first 7 days of artificial incubation. British Poultry Science. 55: 68-75.

BRAND, Z., CLOETE, S.W.P., MALECKI, I.A. & BROWN, C.R. (2013). Changes in air cell volume of artificially incubated ostrich eggs. South African Journal of Animal Science 43: 98-102.

BRAND, Z., CLOETE, S.W.P., MALECKI, I.A. & BROWN, C.R. (2012). Genetic parameters for eggshell traits in ostriches. British Poultry Science 53: 316-324.

BRAND, Z., CLOETE, S.W.P., MALECKI, I.A. & BROWN, C.R. (2012). Heritability of embryonic mortalities in ostrich eggs and factors affecting hatching failure of fertile eggs during artificial incubation. Animal Production Science 52:806-812

View a complete list of publications (link to full publication list in pdf format)

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly in the field of physiological ecology of mammals and birds. This includes physiological limits to animal distributions and physiological differentiation in populations of small mammals and birds across environmental gradients I have carried out research on the energetics and feeding ecology of penguins, albatrosses and petrels in the sub-Antarctic, physiological studies on a variety of small mammals and birds in South Africa and dippers in Scotland.

I have also been involved in more applied research on various aspects of ostrich biology and I continue to collaborate with colleagues in South Africa on several ostrich-related projects.