Peter McBride is from Montréal, Québec, and is a McGill University graduate. At McGill, he completed his B. Sc. (Agr. & Env.) in Life Sciences, with a specialization in Animal Biology. Peter also has a background in the field of microbiology, as he worked and studied in the lab of Dr. Sébastien Faucher during his degree. After graduating, he began working with Dr. Alexandra Harlander at the University of Guelph as a recipient of an NSERC USRA. Together with Patrick Birkl (PhD student) and other members of Dr. Harlander’s research team, their research aims at understanding feather-pecking behaviour in laying hens, which is a serious welfare issue. To better understand the mechanisms underlying this abnormal activity, Peter is helping Patrick investigate the roles of the monoaminergic system and the gut microbiota in the development of feather-pecking behaviour. The hope is that this research will help improve the welfare of laying hens around the world.