Dr Joanna Newbolt
Profiles

Dr Joanna Newbolt

Teaching and Research Associate (TARA)

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Role

I currently work as both a Teaching and Research Associate at the University of Plymouth and as the Higher Education Co-ordinator at the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Newquay Zoo and Living Coasts), and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Plymouth.

I am heavily involved with the MSc Zoo Conservation Biology programme, which is run by the University of Plymouth and the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and I am the Programme Co-ordinator for the WWCT.  My role at both sites involves lecturing and research supervision on applied animal behaviour and welfare topics.  Adittionally at the University of Plymouth, I teach and supervise Animal Behaviour and Welfare undergraduate students, and at the WWCT I co-ordinate and implement higher education teaching and research work at our zoos, primarily Paignton Zoo, and organise scientific events.

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

Member of the BIAZA Research Committee
Research Liaison for the BIAZA Mammal Working Group
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 programme, in particular modules ANIM5005 and ANIM5009, with a focus on zoo animal behaviour, welfare and management. I also contribute to other modules including ANIM5006 and ANIM5008, and supervise MSc project students (BIOL505).
I also teach undergraduate sessions, primarily on BIOL224 (Animal Behaviour and Welfare Field Course) and also BIOL313, plus BSc project supervision (BIOL315).
I also teach other 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, my research focuses on the effects of predictability and routine (primarily related to feeding schedule), on patterns of animal behaviour.  This covers a range of species, but with a particular focus on carnivores.

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 effects of visitor feeding experiences on the behaviour of zoo animals.  Recent research has also focused on human behaviour, particularly looking at zoo visitor behaviour and education, and conservation behaviour change.

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.