Professor Joseph Waas

Joseph Waas

Professor (Biological Sciences)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Trent PhD Cant

Research Supervised


  • Lowe, Gemma (in progress). The use of infrared thermography for early detection in New Zealand dairy cattle and goats.
  • Farnworth, Bridgette (in progress). Exploring rodent risk perception in the context of pest control: how do direct and indirect predation cues, singly or in combination, affect prey responses within ecologically sensitive habitats.
  • Hempstead, Melissa (in progress). Pain assessment of responses of goat kids to husbandry practices.
  • Bradley, David (2012). Evolutionary significance and conservation implications of vocal dialects in North Island Kōkako (Callaeas wilsoni).
  • Valderrama, Sandra (2012). Dialect formation in fragmented populations of the endangered North Island Kōkako (Callaeas wilsoni).
  • Verbeek, Else (2011). Animal welfare objective measures research programme.

MSc (Research)

  • Kelly, Catherine (2016). House mouse (Mus musculus) use of vertical space and impact on bird nesting success.
  • Topp, Theresa (2016). Automated measurement of disease and pain in New Zealand group-housed calves.
  • Hill, Carly (in progress). New Zealand mustelids and the ecomorphometrics of mandibles.


  • Le Roux, Daniel (2010). Monitoring long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) activity and investigating the effect of aircraft noise on bat behaviour in a modified ecosystem.
  • Hawke, Michelle (2010). The effects of early handling on play behaviour and social interactions in dairy calves.
  • Guadarrama, Veronica (2009). The effect of a Pavlovian conditioning paradigm on stress and development of play-related behaviour in early and normally weaned rats.
  • Ninnes, Calum (2008). Behavioural endocrinology of breeding Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae).
  • Tulloch, Brydget (2007). The effect of relatedness, social contact, and sex on observational learning in rats (Rattus norvegicus).
  • Wallace, Jess (2006). Comparison of vertical flight activity of short-tailed bats within podocarp and beech forests, New Zealand.

BSc Hons

  • Lowe, Gemma (2016). Infrared thermography for early disease detection in dairy calves.
  • Hempstead, Melissa (2015). Behavioural responses of goat kids to disbudding - no pain, no gain?
  • Moffat, Bridgette (2015). Converting predation cues into conservation management tools: the effect of light on Mus musculus behaviour.
  • Brooks, Lydia (2013). Characterising the orexigenic section of oxytocin receptor antagonist L-368,899 in the context of stimulating sweet tastant intake and reducing taste aversion.

Research Interests

Research activities related to the behaviour and ecology of birds, fish and mammals including studies of:
animal communication;
the biology of aggression;
animal welfare;
social factors influencing reproductive physiology;
conservation biology;
social recognition systems; and
the ontogeny of social behaviour.

Contact Details

Room: R.2.21
Phone: +64 7 838 4286