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Roger Abrantes

Roger Abrantes
Ph.D.
Roger Abrantes
Roger Abrantes in 2015. Photo by John Larsen.
Native name Roger Anton Benjamin Abrantes
Born (1951-09-04) 4 September 1951 (age 68)
Tomar, Portugal.
Nationality Portuguese, Danish.
Occupation Evolutionary Biologist and Ethologist
Known for Canine Behavior, Training Cricetomys gambianus to detect landmines.
Title Scientific Director
Board member of Scientific Advisory Board of the DHVE (Germany).
Website rogerabrantes.wordpress.com
Academic background
Education Philosophy (BA) and Evolutionary Biology (Ph.D.).
School or tradition School of Ethology (Lorenz, Tinbergen, Von Frisch).
Academic work
Institutions Ethology Institute Cambridge
Main interests Evolution, Philosophy.
Notable works Dog Language, The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior.
Notable ideas SMAF

Roger Abrantes, (/'rɒdʒə/ ɐbɾˈɐ̃tɘʃ), born 04 September 1951 in Tomar, Portugal, is an ethologist (Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology, and BA in Philosophy, DHC, MAPBC) belonging to the school of ethology founded by Konrad Lorenz, Nico Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch.[1][2]


Contents

Work

He is the author of 27 books in English, German, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, and Czech, and numerous articles on behavior. He is probably one of the most versatile ethologists in the world. His work ranges from lecturing at Ethology Institute Cambridge to guest lecturing at universities worldwide,[3] giving popular talks,[4] training police officers,[5] SAR teams,[6] and rats to detect landmines in Tanzania (Apopo).[7] He is an instructor at CNCA (USA),[8] a special advisor for the GNR (Portugal),[9][10] member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the DHVE (Germany),[11] and a WEN Science Ambassador.[12]

Roger Abrantes is particularly known for his meticulous approach to the study of behavior with concise definitions and logically sound argumentation;[13][14][15] for his view on social behavior and its application to the understanding of pet behavior;[16] and for his purposeful working methods, a functional merging of Ethology and Behaviorism.[17][18] He is the creator of SMAF, an artificial programming language to describe learning processes accurately.[18]

He taught ethology, animal learning and epistemology (theory of knowledge), and worked with dogs, horses, cats, Guinea pigs, and the Giant Gambian Pouched Rats (Cricetomys gambianus).[19][20]

His actual work focuses on the philosophical aspects of evolutionary biology, writing articles and blogs, and marine environmental management projects (he is a certified Divemaster, Rescue Diver, and Sea Captain).[11]


Books, Articles, TV, Radio

Roger Abrantes has written popular books, text books, and over 100 articles and blogs.[21]

He is a popular guest on TV and radio programs in various countries.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

His English paper books, "Dog Language–An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior", 1997, and "The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior", 2004, continue to sell uninterruptedly since they were launched.

His most recent book, "Animal Training My Way—The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism" revolutionizes animal training as much as his first book “The Dog, Our Friend—Psychology rather than Force” (original title in Danish, "Hunden vor ven—Psykologi fremfor magt") did in 1982. While the former merges ethology and behaviorism, the latter was one of the first books on animal training based on scientific principles; it introduces many of the common elements in modern animal training, e.g., guiding signals, food treats, and a whistle, the precursor of the popular clicker, as a conditioned positive reinforcer.

Roger Abrantes is the main contributor and editor of "Dog Language Wiki—An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior."

Private

Roger Abrantes is a citizen of the world, according to his own words. He is currently based in Cambridge, UK, and Ao Phang Nga, Thailand, and has lived in Portugal, Denmark, USA, Australia, and Tanzania. He speaks nine languages, English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Danish, and Swedish (fluently), Italian, German, and Thai (less fluently).[11][2]

He was a keen sportsman, having raced cars for many years and played roller hockey in the German Bundesliga where he was his team’s first goalkeeper until well into his 50s. Nowadays, he plays billiards, runs, sails, and dives.[29] When he’s not working, he dedicates himself to his two life-long passions: reading (everything) and listening to music (Blues, Rock, New-Age, Opera).[30]


Bibliography

Books

Printed Books

  1. Abrantes, R. (1984) Psykologi fremfor magt (bind 1). Lupus Forlag.
  2. Abrantes, R. (1984) Psykologi fremfor magt (bind 2). Lupus Forlag.
  3. Abrantes, R. (1986) Hunden, vor ven. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. 3. ed. 2006. ISBN 9788721012151.
  4. Abrantes, R. (1986) Hundens ankomst til hjemmet. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. ISBN 978741878841.
  5. Abrantes, R. (1986) Hunden er alene hjemme. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. ISBN
  6. Abrantes, R. (1986) Hunden er aggressiv. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. ISBN 9788741878867
  7. Abrantes, R. (1986) Hunden er angst. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. ISBN 9788741878874.
  8. Abrantes, R. (1986) Hund og barn. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. ISBN 8741878884.
  9. Abrantes, R. (1987) Hundesprog. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. 4th ed. 2010. ISBN 9788721036188.
  10. Abrantes, R. (1988) Hundens språk från A till Ö. LTs förlag. ISBN 9136027839.
  11. Abrantes, R. (1994) Hunden—Ulven ved din side. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. ISBN 9788721001193
  12. Abrantes, R. (1997) Min første hundebog. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. ISBN 9788721003319.
  13. Abrantes, R. (1997) The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior. Naperville: Wakan Tanka Publishers. (Also available in Italian and Czech). ISBN 0966048415
  14. Abrantes, R. (1997) Dog LanguageWakan Tanka Publishers. (Also available in Danish, Swedish, German, Italian, Spanish and Czech). ISBN 0966048407.
  15. Abrantes, R. (1997) Hunden alene hjemme. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. (Also available in English). ISBN 9788721003333.
  16. Abrantes, R. (1998) Hundehvalpen: hvalpens ankomst til hjemmet. Copenhagen: Borgens Forlag. ISBN 9788721003326.
  17. Abrantes, R. (1999) Dogs Home Alone. Naperville: Wakan Tanka Publishers. (Also available in Danish and Norwegian). ISBN 0966048423. Edition online 2015.

Online Books

  1. Abrantes, R. (2006) Mission SMAF— Bringing Scientific Precision Into Animal Training. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  2. Abrantes, R. (2009) Evolution—An Introduction. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  3. Abrantes, R. (2009) Ethology—The Study of Animal Behavior in Its Natural Environment. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  4. Abrantes, R. (2010) Animal Learning. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  5. Abrantes, R. (2010) Measuring Behavior. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  6. Abrantes, R. (2013) The 20 Principles That All Animal Trainers Must Know. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  7. Abrantes, R. (2013) Os 20 princípios que todos os treinadores de animais devem conhecer. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  8. Abrantes, R. (2013) Los 20 principios que todo entrenador de animales debe saber. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  9. Abrantes, R. (2013) Les 20 principes que tous les entraîneurs d’animaux doivent connaître. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  10. Abrantes, R. (2013) I 20 Principi Che Tutti Gli Addestratori Di Animali Devono Conoscere. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  11. Abrantes, R. (2014) Canine Scent Detection—The Practical Manual. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  12. Abrantes, R. (2014) Dogs and Children. Wakan Tanka Publishers.
  13. Abrantes, R. (2016) Animal Training My Way—The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism. Wakan Tanka Publishers.

Most Important Articles

  1.  Abrantes, R. (1987). "The expression of emotions in man and canid"Journal of Small Animal Practice. 28. 1030-1036. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.1987.tb01326.x
  2. Abrantes, R.; Madsen, B. (1989). "Nondestruktive undersøgelsesmetoder til registrering af svampeangreb i bygninger". Bind: Fase 2. Teknologisk Instituts Forlag. ISBN 877511997.
  3. Abrantes, R. (2011). "The Wolf Within—The Truth About Why We Fear the Wolf". Ethology Journal Online. Ethologia. 2 (1): 1–4. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  4. Abrantes, R. (2011). "Do Animals Have Feelings?—A Quest for Anthropodimorphism.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethologia. 2 (1): 5–8. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  5. Abrantes, R. (2011). "The Difference between Signal and Cue—A Quest for Uniformity in Nomenclature.". Ethol J Online. Ethologia. 2 (1): 9–12. Retrieved 2017-09-04. 
  6. Abrantes, R. (2011). "The Magic Words ‘Yes’ and ‘No’—A review of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ across times and cultures, computers and dog training". Ethol J Online. Ethologia. 2 (1): 13–19. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  7. Abrantes, R. (2011). "Dominance—Making Sense of the Nonsense—A Quest for Sound Definitions and Uniformity in Nomenclature.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethologia. 2 (2): 1–15. Retrieved 2017-09-04. 
  8. Abrantes, R. (2012). "Should We Reinforce the Effort or the Result?.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  9. Abrantes, R.; et al. (2012). "Handler Beliefs Do Not Affect Police Dog Detection Outcomes.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2012.05.22. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  10. Abrantes, R. (2012). "Canine Ethogram—Social and Agonistic Behavior.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  11. Abrantes, R. (2012). "Science and Ethics in Dog Training–Let Reason Prevail Over Force.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  12. Abrantes, R. (2012). "The Mathematician Rat—An Evolutionary Explanation.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  13. Abrantes, R. (2012). "Pacifying Behavior—Origin, Function and Evolution.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  14. Abrantes, R. (2014). "Aggressive Behavior—the Making of a Definition.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2014-06-12. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  15. Abrantes, R. (2014). "Fearful Behavior—the Making of a Definition.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  16. Abrantes, R. (2014). "Critical Reasoning—A Review of Popular Definitions of Aggression and Dominance.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-09-13. 
  17. Abrantes, R. (2017). "Aggressive Behavior: A Philosophic and Ethologic Approach to Reviewing Definitions and Classifying Behaviors.". Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2017-09-04. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 


References

  1. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften; Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on the Human-Pet Relationship (1983). The Human-pet Relationship: Proceedings : International Symposium on the Occasion of the 80th Birthday of Nobel Prize Winner Prof. DDr. Konrad Lorenz, Held on October 27 and 28, 1983 in Vienna, Austria. Vienna: IEMT-Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on the Human-Pet Relationship. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Dr. Roger Abrantes". Dog Star Daily. dogstardaily.com. 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  3. "Conferencia Magistral Roger Abrantes en la UNAM" [Keynote Lecture by Roger Abrantes at the UNAM]. Eventbu (in Spanish). Medicina Veterinaria y Zootencia - FESC UNAM. 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  4. "Roger Abrantes Appearences". APDT. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  5. "Oeiras promoveu formação para agentes de segurança lidarem com situações com animais." [Oeiras promoted training for security agents dealing with situations with animals.]. Oeiras Investe (in Portuguese). Oeiras. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  6. "Squadra di unità Cinofile ticinese ottiene certificazione internazionale" [K9 teams from Ticino earn international certification]. La Regione (in Italian). Ticino. 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  7. "Meet Ethologist Roger Abrantes who worked with the Herorats". Apopo. Morogoro. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  8. Blom, Scott (2017-01-22). "CNCA President’s Message". California, USA. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  9. Fernandes, H. (2011). Mestrado em Ciências Militares—Especialidade Segurança (GNR): Análise da Comunicação no Binómio Cinotécnico [Master Thesis in Military Sciences—Specialty Security: A Study of the Communication in the Human-Canine Team] (PDF). Lisbon: Academia Militar. p. 2. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  10. Abrantes, R.; Costa Pinto, M.; Rodrigues, M.; Costa Pinto, T. (2012). Handler Beliefs Do Not Affect Police Dog Detection Outcomes. Lisbon: Ethology Institute Cambridge and GNR. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Roger Abrantes". Ethology Institute Cambridge. Ethology Institute Cambridge. 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  12. "WEN Ambassadors". Wild Equus. Wild Equus Network. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  13. Weiss, E. (2012-09-15). "Dog Training: Let Reason Prevail Over Force.". Dog Relations—NYC. New York. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  14. "Roger Abrantes—Let Reson Prevail Over Force!". DogForums.com. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  15. Jarolin, E. (2009). "Master & Commander: Decoding Dog Training Terms". Will My Dog Hate Me?. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  16. Kelly Dunbar and Roger Abrantes (2011-10-16). Dog Training: Cues, Commands, Obedience, And Punishment (Radio). Animal Cafe. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  17. Abrantes, R. (2016). Animal Training My Way. Cambridge: Wakan Tanka Publishers. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 Abrantes, R. (2018). Mission SMAF— Bringing Scientific Precision Into Animal Training. Cambridge: Wakan Tanka Publishers. 
  19. Roger Abrantes, Jared Mkumbo et al. (2012). Warning—Hero Rats At Work (Movie). A Wolfie Production. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  20. Soares, Isaías (2012-11-19). "Ratos gigantes ajudam a desminar Malanje" [Giant Rats help de-mining Malanje]. VOA (in Portuguese). Malanje. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  21. "Ethology Institute Cambridge: All Articles and Blogs". Ethology Institute Cambridge. Ethology Institute Cambridge. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  22. Birdie Bjerregaard (producer), Peter Ringgaard (director) (1998). Solar Plexus: Eksotiske Kæledyr [Solar Plexus: Exotic Pets] (Documentary) (in Danish). Copenhagen: Easy Films & TV Danmark. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  23. Roger Abrantes et al. (2014-09-14). Cientista em Portugal para ajudar a educar cães [Scientist in Portugal to Help Training Dogs] (TV interview) (in Portuguese). Lisbon: CMTV. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  24. Zanna Bianca and Roger Abrantes (2011-10-10). Zanna Bianca Presenta: Roger Abrantes! [Zanna Bianca Presents: Roger Abrantes!] (Radio interview) (in Italian). Italy: Radio Bau. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  25. Cátia Carmo, Roger Abrantes et al. (2011-10-10). Roger Abrantes entrevista à CMTV [Roger Abrantes interviewed by CMTV] (TV interview) (in Portuguese). Lisboa: CMTV. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  26. Roger Abrantes (2017-08-03). Entrevista realizada al Dr. Roger Abrantes [Interviewing Dr. Roger Abrantes] (TV interview) (in Spanish). Queretaro: El rincón de Solín. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  27. Cátia Carmo, Roger Abrantes et al. (2014-11-04). Cães e donos postos à prova por cientista [Scientist Challenges Dogs and Owners] (TV repport) (in Portuguese). Lisbon: CMTV. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  28. Nuno Graciano, Roger Abrantes, Maia et al. (2014-11-04). Programa da manhã: cientista em Portugal para ajudar a educar cães. [The Morning Program: Scientist in Portugal to Help Training Dogs] (TV program) (in Portuguese). Lisbon: CMTV. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  29. Tanner, N. (2013-04-23). "Roger Abrantes is in my kitchen". Nancy Turner. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  30. "Roger Abrantes". Facebook. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 


External Links

  • [1] Abrantes, R. (1997). Dog Language—An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior. Naperville: Wakan Tanka Publishers. ISBN 0966048407.
  • [2] Abrantes, R. (2003). The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior (2nd Edition). Naperville: Wakan Tanka Publishers. ISBN 0966048415.
  • [3] Chance, P. (2013). Learning and Behavior (7th Edition). Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN 1111832773.
  • [4] Ethology Journal Online. Ethology Institute Cambridge.
  • [5] Ethology Institute Cambridge—Books.
  • [6] McFarland, D. (1998). Animal Behaviour: Psychobiology, Ethology and Evolution (3rd Edition). San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings. ISBN 0582327326.