The Faunalytics team shares your heartfelt desire to help animals. Each of us also brings an unwavering commitment to finding the best ways for advocates to save lives and reduce suffering.
Staff & Board
Chris Bryant is a PhD researcher at the University of Bath, and has focused on consumer adoption of cultured meat. He is also the Social Science Director for the Cellular Agriculture Society, and co-organizes the Research to End Consumption of Animal Products (RECAP) Group with Faunalytics’ Research Director. He has also worked on research projects with Faunalytics, The Good Food Institute, and Viva!. He earned his BA from the University of Exeter, and his MSc from the University of Bristol.
Marina Milyavskaya is an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University. She conducts research on goal pursuit, motivation, and self-regulation, and is excited to apply her skills and passion to research on dietary change and other animal-friendly behaviours. More details about her research can be found at https://carleton.ca/goallab/
Steven Shepherd is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. He researches how various beliefs and ideologies (e.g., political ideology) and social issues (e.g. related to gender, race, and socioeconomic status) relate to issues in marketing and management. He has a PhD is social psychology (University of Waterloo) and completed a post-doctoral research position in marketing at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Gregg Sparkman is a postdoctoral research associate in the Andlinger Center at Princeton University. His research is focused on understanding social change, including the causes and consequences of norms shifting over time on behavior and policy attitudes. He completed his PhD at Stanford University in social psychology, where he investigated how people are influenced by witnessing social change (dynamic norms) and how this can be incorporated into interventions in social, environmental, and political domains, including how to reduce meat consumption.
Laura Thomas-Walters is a PhD researcher at the University of Kent. She working to improve the design and evaluation of interventions to reduce demand for wildlife products, drawing together research from multiple fields such as public health and international development. She has used both quantitative and qualitative research methods to measure the success of demand reduction campaigns, and has developed a theoretical framework of motivations for wildlife use. She is also exploring how local cultural values can be used to create more effective messages.
Ian Ross is a long-time animal advocate who helped start The Humane League and is a founding advisor for Hampton Creek (makers of Just Mayo and other foods). He is described by Peter Singer as leading “the most remarkable example of a life committed to maximizing giving.” Ian has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate work in math and computer science at MIT. He currently “earns to give” by working for Samsung as the company’s Senior Director of Strategic Analytics.
Stephanie Downs is an entrepreneur turned social activist. In 1999, she founded MarKomm, a marketing firm that would be the first of three businesses she developed. The success of her agency enabled her to step away from the day-to-day operations to put her knowledge to “good” use. In 2009, Downs co-founded FiXiT – a non-profit focused on using creative solutions to bring an end to pet overpopulation, and in 2012 she founded Voolla, an online marketplace that turns volunteered skills into money for charities.
Andrew Rowan is the former director of the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy. He also chaired the Department of Environmental Studies at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Andrew was the founding editor of the International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, founding editor of Anthrozoos, and scientific administrator for the Fund for the Replacement for Animals in Medical Experiments. Andrew currently serves as president of WellBeing International, a new NGO that focuses on projects that deliver solutions for people, animals, and the environment.
Kenneth Shapiro is executive director of Animals and Society Institute; founder and editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies; cofounder and coeditor of Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; and editor of Human-Animal Studies Book Series. Shapiro earned his BA from Harvard University and his PhD in clinical psychology from Duke University. He is the author of 3 books, most recently — Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy.
Bernard Unti is Senior Policy Adviser and Special Assistant to the President & CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. He is the author of Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of The Humane Society of the United States (2004) and other works on animal protection and cruelty to animals as an historical and contemporary concern.
Research Practicum Student
Joy McLeod is a first-year master’s student in Psychology at Carleton University. Her research examines the psychological factors that influence the recovery and rehabilitation process among individual’s living with spinal cord injury, with a special interest in grief and loneliness. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience and Mental Health. Her undergraduate thesis explored how different types of nature, in the form of brief videos, influence people’s willingness to engage in pro-environmental behaviour. Joy hopes to expand her impact as an animal advocate, beyond her personal network, by applying her research skills as a volunteer with the Faunalytics team.
Writers & Editors: Gabriel Borden, Carolin Graszmann, Trent Davidson, Sarah Hannekan, Emily Hatch, Celine Icard-Stoll, Lukas Jasiunas, David Kates, Adéla Novotna, Thea Pedroza, Andrea Polanco, Tor Pothecary, Mia Rishel, Owen Rogers, Antonia Shann, Jeanette Shutay, Sara Streeter, Linda Tyler, Mona Zahir.
Researchers: Erin Galloway, Ali Ladak, Liliia Lisina, Susan Macary, Sara Marín López, Matt Montalbano.
Other Volunteers: Nicoleta Faina, Kirsty Fraser, Miranda Harrington, Tor Pothecary, Graeme Ross-Munro, Bernard Walker.