Publications & Presentations

My latest article, Somatic Empathy in Bodywork: the science (part 1) is published in the winter edition of The Shiatsu Society Journal (pages 5-9).

As a biologist I published papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Animal Behaviour and Chemical Signals in Vertebrates. My research interests revolve around the interaction between physiology and behaviour in mammals. This extends into health-maintenance behaviour; in particular, livestock management.

I am an experienced speaker at academic, non-academic and public venues in the UK, Europe, and USA.

Editor of The Soil Association report: MRSA in farm animals and meat: a new threat to human health (2007).

Academic Publications

Engel (2006) “Zoopharmacognosy” in Veterinary Herbal Medicine, Eds S.G. Wynn and B. J. Fougere, Mosby Elsevier Press, pp 7 - 16.

Engel, C (2002) “Acknowledging the Potential Role of Animal Self-medication”, Proceedings of the UK Organic Research Conference, Aberystwyth, Wales, “Research in Context” 2002 pp 355-358.

Engel, C (2006) “Livestock self-medication” in Alternative Health Practices for Livestock,"  Eds T. F. Morris and M. T. Keilty (Blackwell Publishing) pp 54-61.


2017 presentation at the annual Animal Learn Symposium on dog behaviour, Germany:

'Understanding how animal self medication works can help us better manage the health of our dogs.'


“Wild Creature Cures” Wild vol 6(6) Sept/Oct 2002 pp 18-25.

“Wildlife Health Care” Canadian Wildlife, vol 8(3) pp10-15, 2002.

“Why Do Dogs Eat Grass” Dogs Today June 2002

“Unwell? Ape and Ape’s Remedy” Times Higher Educational Supplement June 21, 2002 p 26.

“Heal Thyself” The Ecologist (Vol 32, No. 3, April, 2002, Cover feature) pp 34-38.

 “Health in the Wild—natural preventative and curative measures” Positive Health (March, 2002) pp 30-32. 

“Wild Health” Permaculture magazine: solutions for sustainable living (no.31, Spring, 2002) pp 50-51. 

“Feline Pharmacists” Your Cat magazine (Feb, 2002) pp 44-46.

“Drunk as Skunks” Mail on Sunday (Dec 22, 2001) p 47. 

“Playing the Wild Card”  (feature on foot-and-mouth policy on the entire front page of the Financial Times Weekend, June 16/17, 2001).

“We Must Learn From the Wild” Eastern Daily Press (June 21, 2001).

“Permaponies”  Permaculture magazine (April 20, 1998).

Living Under the Shadow of Trees”  East Anglian Daily Times (February 13, 1998).