Dr Joanna Newbolt
Profiles

Dr Joanna Newbolt

Honorary Lecturer in Zoo Conservation Biology

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (NC) (Faculty of Science & Engineering (NC))

Role

I am currently the Higher Education Co-ordinator at the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Newquay Zoo and Living Coasts). The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) works closely with the University in many ways most importantly through the joint delivery of the MSc Zoo Conservation Biology.

My main role is as a lecturer, supervisor and co-ordinator of our higher education teaching and research work. In particular, I co-ordinate the WWCT's delivery of the MSc Zoo Conservation Biology.

Qualifications

2013: PhD, "Predictable Feeding in Zoos: Research Methods and Behavioural Effects", University of Plymouth.

2006: MSc Zoo Conservation Biology, University of Plymouth.
2005: BSc Hons Zoology, University of Wales, Cardiff

Professional membership

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Associate of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Editorial board for the BIAZA Handbook of Zoo Research

Web editor for The Shape of Enrichment

Teaching interests

I teach on the MSc Zoo Conservation Biology, in particular modules ANIM504 and ANIM505, with a focus on animal behaviour and management. I also contribute to other modules including zoo research skills. I also teach undergraduate sessions, based at Paignton Zoo, for Animal Behaviour and Welfare and Psychology undergraduates.

Research interests

My research interests cover a range of animal behaviour and welfare topics linked to an applied zoo setting. In particular, the effects of predictability and routine on patterns of animal behaviour.  I have also developed citizen science and qualitative techniques to enable data collection of animal behaviour by multiple observers. 

My other research interests include behavioural husbandry (with a focus on carnivores, particularly felids), environmental enrichment, positive reinforcement training and zoo visitor behaviour.
Current research interests include the effect of visitor feeding experiences on the behaviour of zoo animals.

Selected publications (as Joanna Bishop):

  1. Bishop, J.K., Gee, P., Melfi, V., In Press. The effect of predictable routines on meerkat behaviour. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment.
  2. Bishop, J.K., Gee, P., Melfi, V., In Press. Recording animal behaviour using subjective measures and multiple observers. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment.
  3. Bishop, J., Hosey, G. & Plowman, A. (Eds.) (2013): Handbook of Zoo Research, Guidelines for Conducting Research in Zoos. London. BIAZA.
  4. Bishop, J.K., DaVolls, L.,Feistner, A., Fisken, F., Hosey, G., Hill, S.P., Hosie, C, Marples, N., Mitchell,H., Pankhurst,S., Plowman,A., Sanderson,S., Turner, A., Wehnelt, S. (Bishop, J.K. Chapter Editor) (2013). Reporting and publishing the results. In: BIAZA Handbook of Zoo Research. Bishop, J.K., Hosey, G., and Plowman, A (Eds.). BIAZA, London.
  5. Bishop, J.K., Hartley, A., Hosey, G., Masters, N., Melfi, V. (Bishop, J.K. Chapter Editor). (2013). Legal and Ethical Issues in Zoo Research. In: BIAZA Handbook of Zoo Research. Bishop, J.K., Hosey, G., and Plowman, A (Eds.). BIAZA, London.
  6. Bishop ,J.K., Hill, S.P., Wehnelt, S., Hosie,C., Plowman, A., Feistner, A., Dow, S., Engel, J., Mitchell, H. (Bishop, J.K., Hill, S.P. Chapter Editors). (2013). Projects involving behavioural observation of animals. In: BIAZA Handbook of Zoo Research. Bishop, J.K., Hosey, G., and Plowman, A (Eds.). BIAZA, London.
  7. Mitchell, H., Hosey, G. (Bishop, J.K. Chapter Editor). (2013). Studies on the Effects of Human Visitors on Zoo Animal Behaviour. In: BIAZA Handbook of Zoo Research. Bishop, J.K., Hosey, G., and Plowman, A (Eds.). BIAZA, London.
  8. Bishop, J.K., Gee, P., Melfi, V. 2012. Citizen science: using aquarium visitors to record fish behaviour. BIAZA Research Newsletter. Zoo Research News. 13(3), 5.
  9. Bishop, J.K., Gee, P., Melfi, V. (2011). Reliability and validity of a subjective measure to record changes in animal behaviour over time. In: Pajor, E.A., Marchant-Forde, J.N. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, p. 81.
  10. Bishop, J.K., Gee, P., Melfi, V. (2009). How enriching are animals’ routines? Introducing a new method to measure the behavioural effects of predictable husbandry routines. In: Hare, V.J., Kroshko, J.E., Nelson, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment, The Shape of Enrichment, Inc., San Diego, pp. 253-254.
  11. Bishop, J.K., Gee, P., Melfi, V., 2009. How enriching are animals’ routines? Introducing a new method to measure the behavioural effects of predictable husbandry routines. BIAZA Research Newsletter. Zoo Research News. 10(3), 4.