Research in Animal Behaviour and Welfare specialising in decision making and welfare of farm, companion, laboratory and zoo animals.
Recent major projects include
Feline Friends sponsored project on roaming behaviour and containment of domestic cats.
DEFRA funded projects on use, efficacy and welfare consequences of training pet dogs with electronic collars. (See Youtube link http://youtu.be/cBx7yB-gxSs)
RSPCA funding to investigate spatial requirements of pet rabbits, with view to informing RSPCA recomendations on housing.
EFFEM/Waltham Foundation for Pet Nutrition project on macro-nutrient selection in horses.
Noble Farms supported projects in range use by free-range hens.
Currently supervising 5 PhD students
Rachael King. Behavioural development in kittens, supported by Wood Green Animal Shelters.
Joanne Cruden. Environmental enrichment for laboratory rabbits, supported by GSK.
Gabriel Freiria. bTB transmission.
Leonard Chielo. Ranging behaviour of free range hens, supported by Nobel Farms.
Naima Kasbaoui. Roaming behaviour of domestic cats, supported by Feline Friends.
Chielo L., Pike T. and Cooper JJ. (2016). Ranging behaviour of commercial free-range laying hens. Animals 2016, 6(5), 28; doi:10.3390/ani6050028
Cooper JJ, Cracknell N, Hardiman J, Wright H, Mills D (2014) The Welfare Consequences and Efficacy of Training Pet Dogs with Remote Electronic Training Collars in Comparison to Reward Based Training. PLoS ONE 9(9): e102722. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102722
Redgate, S. E., Cooper, J. J., Hall, S., Eady, P. and Harris, P. A. (2014) Dietary experience modifies horses’ feeding behavior and selection patterns of three macronutrient rich diets. Journal of Animal Science, 92 (4). pp. 1524-1530. ISSN: 1525-3163
Clark, T., Cooper, J. and Mills D. (2013) Acculturation - Perceptions of breed differences in the behavior of the dog (Canis familiaris). Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 1, 16-33.
Lines, J. A. , Van Driel, K. and Cooper, J. J. (2013) Characteristics of electronic training collars for dogs. Veterinary Record, 172 (9). pp. 243-244. ISSN: 0042-4900
Chair of College of Science College Research Degrees Board .
Graduate Committee overseeing training and experience of post-graduate students.
Graduate School Working Group reviewing post-graduate research regulations and admissions policies.
Academic mentor for undergraduate students studying BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare