Professor in Ethology and Animal Welfare and head of the research at department of Animal Science, Aarhus University based in Foulum, Denmark.
She graduated from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1982, and defended her PhD in ethology in 1995. She qualified to be senior research scientist at the Danish Institute of Agricultural Science in 1996 and received a full professorship in 2013.
After graduating from university Lene worked as an advisor to local farmers in the western part of Jytland for 2 years. Since then Lene has been engaged in the research of cattle behaviour and stress biology at Aarhus University in Foulum, formerly the Danish Institute of Agricultural Science.
Together with a group of Foulum-based researchers Lene has developed methods for quantification of behavioural needs in farm animals. Her research has focused on various aspects of lying behaviour and time budget of dairy cows demonstrating the importance of lying behaviour for dairy cows. Her work is closely related to animal welfare and during the past three years she has been Head of the Danish Animal Welfare Council at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in Denmark.
Her latest research has focused on studies of behaviour in relation to different aspects of housing systems for dairy cows around parturition as well as the use of automatic recording of behaviour for documentation of animal welfare and as a management tool for detection of production diseases.