Scientists

Prof. Paul Hemsworth
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Co-Director of the Centre. - A research career studying the behaviour and welfare of farm and companion animals, particularly examining the influence of the social and physical environment on farm animal behaviour and welfare and the influence of human-animal interactions on animal welfare and productivity
Prof. Alan Tilbrook
Co-Director of the Centre and Chief, Livestock & Farming Systems, South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI) - A research career in endocrinology and behaviour of domestic animals. Particular interests include the endocrine and neuroendocrine control of reproduction in males, the effects of stress on reproduction and endocrine and behavioural responses to stress. 
Dr. Ian Bland
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Lecturer in Animal Science and Management. Ian is interested in the behaviour and welfare of neonatal/weaned pigs and zoo animals.
Mr. Kym Butler
(Agriculture Research, DEPI, Hamilton and Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Kym works within the Biometrics Unit, Agriculture Research and applies biometric analysis to the Centre’s research projects.
Dr. Peter Cakebread
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) –Senior Lecturer in Animal Science and Management. Peter’s research interests include welfare implications of common dental procedures in horses, behavioural and welfare effects of jaw and dental abnormalities in sows and locomotion and welfare effects of lameness in sows.
Prof. Grahame Coleman
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Grahame has followed a research career in aspects of human and animal behaviour associated with biological rhythmicity and sleep and changes in stress-related and reproductive hormones. Current research interests focus primarily on human-animal interactions in farm and companion animals and public attitudes to animal welfare.
Dr. Rebecca Doyle 
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Rebecca's research projects have included animal cognition and cognitive bias; correlating stress physiology with behavioural and cognitive welfare measures; and how to make practical animal welfare improvements locally and in developing countries.Her Senior Research Fellow position with AWSC will continue her work focussing on welfare improvements in the sheep and beef industries.

 

 

Prof. Andrew Fisher 
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Chair of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine with the Faculty of Veterinary Science,  Andrew has significant experience in the area of animal welfare, with a particular focus on production animal management and transport. Research interests include welfare aspects of flexible feeding systems of dairy cows.
Dr. Lauren Hemsworth
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) - Research interests include field welfare assessment in farm and companion animalsls and developing education programs for recreational horse owners.

 

Dr. Ellen Jongman
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) - Research interests include the effect of housing, husbandry procedures and management on the welfare of sheep, dairy cows and companion animals.
Dr. Jean-Loup Rault
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) - Jean-Loup has worked with an array of species but focuses his research on pigs and poultry, specifically social behaviour and oxytocin, free-range systems in poultry, and euthanasia and slaughter. His Senior Reseaerch Fellow position is supported by Australian Egg Corporation Limited and Rural Industries Research Corporation (Chicken meat).
Dr. Vanessa Rohlf
(Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – A Psych graduate from Monash University, Vanessa's interests include animal managment, attitude-behaviour theory, dog obesity, human-animal interactions and grief and breavment. 
Dr. Maurice Eastridge
(Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University) – Research interests include the effects of nutrition and housing systems on the productivity and welfare of dairy cows and calves.
Dr. Mike Lilburn
(Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University) - Specialist in poultry nutrition and physiology.
Dr. Steve Moeller
(Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University) – Research interests include human-animal interactions in swine, the effects of housing systems on the welfare of swine and the effects of genetics on pork quality.
Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia 
(Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University) – Research interests currently relate to lameness in swine and animal welfare assessment protocls.
Dr. Katy Proudfoot
(Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University) – Research interests currently relate to dairy cow welfare and the effects of social stress on immunity in cattle. Research history has focused on the effect of management on the behavior, health and lameness of dairy cows during the calving period. 
Dr. Henry Zerby
(Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University) – Expertise in fresh meat quality and wholesomeness. Specialist  in the nutritional and genetic programs and pre- and post-harvest management strategies that impact the composition, safety, palatability, and healthfulness of fresh and further processed meat products.
Associate Researcher - Dr. Greg Cronin
(Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney) - A research career studying the behaviour and productivity of pigs and in particular the effects of the environment on maternal behaviour and the role of maternal behaviour in piglet survival and growth.  Interested also in alternative housing systems for sows during gestation and farrowing/ lactation and housing systems for poultry.
Associate Researcher - Dr. Rebecca Morrison
(Rivalea Australia, Corowa, NSW) - Rebecca is a Research Scientist at Australia’s largest pork production enterprise. She conducted her PhD (Behaviour and welfare of pigs in deep-bedded, group housing systems) with Prof. Paul Hemsworth and Dr. Greg Cronin at the University of Melbourne. Rebecca has worked at the University of Minnesota as the Sustainable Swine Production Systems Scientist, working and researching a range of non-crated farrowing systems.
Associate Researcher - Dr. Samia Toukhsati
(Austin Hospital and Hon Research Fellow, Monash University) – Research interests include animal cognition and welfare, and her recent research has included understanding human-animal interactions, particularly with regard to companion animal owner attitudes and behaviours.
Associate Researcher - Dr. Keven Kerswell
(Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne) – Research interests include the characteristics of companion animal owners and communication in the dog.

 

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