Lesley Rogers was Professor of Neuroscience and Animal Behaviour at the University of New England (1993-2007) and is now an Emeritus Professor. She has made outstanding contributions to understanding brain development and behaviour. She discovered lateralization in the chick forebrain, when lateralization was still believed to be a unique feature of the human brain. Later it became known that hemispheric specialisation is ubiquitous in the animal kingdom.
Professor Rogers was Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee at UNE, Chair of the Research Doctoral Committee, Head of the Department of Physiology, and Deputy Chair of the Academic Board. Outside of UNE, she has been Subpanel Chair of Biological Sciences for the Animal Research Council’s Research Training and Careers Committee and the Australian Vice Chancellors’ Committee representative on the Australian Research Review Panel. She has also been President of the Australian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour in NSW, and President of the International Society for Comparative Psychology.
In 2000, Professor Rogers was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science as recognition of her strong international reputation in the field of brain and behaviour.