Dr Joanna Newbolt

Higher Education Co-ordinator and Trust Secretary

2002 – 2005 BSc Hons Zoology, University of Wales, Cardiff
2005 – 2006 MSc Zoo Conservation Biology, University of Plymouth
2008 – 2013 PhD, Predictable Feeding in Zoos: Research Methods and Behavioural Effects, University of Plymouth
2009 – 2010 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Certificate, Higher Education Academy, University of Plymouth

Based at Paignton Zoo

joanna.newbolt@paigntonzoo.org.uk 
 

Role and research interests

My main role is as a lecturer, supervisor and co-ordinator of our higher education teaching and research work. This includes our MSc course on Zoo Conservation Biology, which is run in partnership with Plymouth University, and also the MSc in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter, as well as BSc courses at Plymouth and other universities. I am also the Trust Secretary for the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust where my roles include co-ordinating the research projects and visiting research students on the Trust’s sites.
My research interests cover a range of animal behaviour and welfare topics. 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 and positive reinforcement training, as well as recent work on zoo visitor behaviour and conservation behaviour change.


Professional Activity

I am an Honorary Lecturer at Plymouth University and a Fellow of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter.
I am a member of the BIAZA Research Committee and the Research Liaison for the BIAZA Mammal Working Group. I am an editor of the BIAZA Handbook of Zoo Research and a web editor for The Shape of Enrichment. I am also an Associate of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.
 

Projects

Effect of visitor experiences on animal behaviour and welfare

Visitor research - behaviour and engagement

PhD: Predictable Feeding in Zoos: Research Methods and Behavioural Effects
 

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., Gee, P., Melfi, V. 2012. Citizen science: using aquarium visitors to record fish behaviour. BIAZA Research Newsletter. Zoo Research News. 13(3), 5.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.