He is the author to 17 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 the Etologisk Institute, where he is the scientific director, to appearances as guest lecturer in universities world wide, popular talks, treatment of behavior problems, teaching canine and human behavior to police officers, training rats to detect landmines in Tanzania, and performing marine environmental management duties (he is also a certified Divemaster and Rescue Diver).
He has written popular books with sound advice to pet owners as well as theoretical scientific dissertations. He teaches ethology, anthropology, and epistemology (theory of knowledge), besides his practical work with dogs, horses cats, rats, and diving missions.
He is a popular guest in TV and radio programs in his home countries and in the US.
His English books Dog Language–An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior and The Evolution Of Canine Social Behavior became hits the moment they reached the US bookshelves. He lectures often in the US.
Dr. Abrantes is especially known for his views on social behavior and its applications to the daily understanding of pet behavior; and for his no-nonsense working methods, a practical and thorough application of Ethology and Learning Theory, teaching the animal the new patterns patiently and efficiently step by step.
His actual work involves research into the evolution of human behavior as well as questions concerning the philosophical aspects of evolutionary biology (besides being committed to the Tanzania project and his diving commitments).
Roger Abrantes is truly a citizen of the world. If you ask him where he lives, he will answer you 'Planet Earth' and there's something about it. He lives in Cambridge, UK, Lisbon, Portugal, New York, USA, Morogoro, Tanzania, and on an island, which name he refuses to reveal, in the south of Thailand.
He speaks nine languages, English, Portuguese, French, Danish, and Swedish (fluently), Spanish, Italian, German, and Thai (less fluently).
He is a keen sportsman, having raced cars for many years. He has also played roller hockey in the German Bundesliga where he was his team's first goal-keeper until a few years ago.
Nowadays he runs 10 ks and 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).
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