Dr Lindsay Matthews

Lindsay Matthews obtained his D.Phil from University of Waikato (New Zealand) in 1983. Following this, he was awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humbolt Fellowship to develop innovative techniques to measure the behavioural requirements of livestock. In 1989 he was appointed to MAF Technology (now AgResearch) as a Behaviour/Animal Welfare scientist to develop and lead the first substantial research programme in Animal Welfare research in New Zealand.

Dr Matthews has served on New Zealand's National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, was responsible for establishing the national Animal Behaviour and Welfare consultative Committee, is a long standing member of several scientific societies including Council member and Regional Secretary for the International Society for Applied Ethology, and has a strong international reputation in the area of behaviour/welfare research.

Overthe past two and a half decades, Dr Matthews has made many insightful and forward thinking contributions to improving the management of domestic and wild animals through research and an application of a fundamental understanding of animal behaviour. A cornerstone of his work has been the development and utilisation of principles and methodologies from the fields of the experimental analysis of behaviour and behavioural economics for quantifying motivation and welfare in farm and laboratory animals. This work has set a standard for rigorous, objective assessment of an animal’s perceptions of its requirements. Areas where he has applied these methodologies include the identification of thermal thresholds in cattle and the effects of variation in body condition on animal welfare in sheep and cattle.

Other areas where Dr Matthews has demonstrated his aptitude for innovative, yet practical, behavioural science include: the development of non-chemical, humane methods of pain relief for use in farmed deer; development and utilisation of automated blood samplers for use on  free-ranging deer to identify humane methods for handling and transporting farmed deer; understanding societal dimensions relevant to the objective assessment of welfare; based on animal learning principles, development and patenting of a novel bird repellent that lessens the risk of harming native birds during mammalian pest control operations; contribution to the design and development of an exclusion barrier that protects indigenous New Zealand’s flora and fauna from common mammalian predators.

Strong national international collaborations have figured prominently in his research programmes, for example, as evidenced by the establishment of an operant conditioning laboratory at FAL in Germany while holding the highly-acclaimed Alexander von Humbolt Fellowship. Other key collaborating institutes include the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, the University of Waikato, Copenhagen University and CSIRO.

Dr Matthews is an acknowledged thought leader in the field with over 190 articles in refereed journals, book chapters and refereed conference abstracts and over 120 other publications. He has been awarded a Royal Society Medal for services to science and society in the areas of animal welfare and environment. 

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Publications by Dr Lindsay Matthews include:

Thermal stress in dairy cattle: linking subjective experiences and function
Author/s: Matthews L R and Bryant J 
Category:Invited Plenary Paper 45th Annual Congress of the International Society of Applied Ethology, Indianapolis
Published: August 2011 

Designer repellents: combining olfactory, visual or taste cues with a secondary repellent to deter free-ranging house sparrows from feeding.
Author/s: Clapperton, B.K., Day, T.D., Waas, J.R. Matthews, L.R. 
Category: Pest Management Science 2011.  accepted.

Responses of free-ranging house sparrows to feed containing primary and secondary repellents
Author/s:Day, T.D. Clapperton, B.K., Porter, R.E.R., Waas, J.R. Matthews, L.R. 
Category: Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science, accepted.
Published: 2011

Measurement of feeding motivation in sheep and the effects of food restriction
Author/s:Verbeek, E., Waas, J., McLeay, L., Matthews, L.R. 2011.
Category: Applied Animal Behaviour Science (accepted)

Using motivation to assess welfare.. Are we measuring what we think we’re measuring?
Author/s: Doughty A., Ferguson, D., Matthews, L.R., Hinch, G.
Category: Australian RSPCA seminar, Canberra, 2011.

Does energy intake drive willingness to walk for food in a motivation test?
Author/s: Doughty A., Ferguson, D., Matthews, L.R., Hinch, G. 
Category:International Ethological Conference Behavior 2011, Bloomington, USA. 

Improving the practicality for measuring behavioural motivation for food in ruminants
Author/s: Doughty A., Ferguson, D., Matthews, L.R., Hinch, G. 
Category: 5th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level, University of Guelph, 
Published: August 2011

Is naturalness a useful concept in animal welfare?
Author/s: Matthews L.R. 2011  
Category:Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Australian Veterinary College (Animal Welfare Chapter), Gold Coast.

The measurement of feeding motivation and the effect of food restriction on feeding motivation in sheep
Author/s: Verbeek, Else , Waas, Joseph R , McLeay, Lance , Matthews, Lindsay R
Parent Document: Meeting of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour
Category: Conference - Oral Presentation
Year Published: 2009

The measurement of feeding motivation and associated endocrine responses in pregnant ewes with different body condition scores
Author/s: Verbeek, E , McLeay, L , Matthews, L R , Oliver, M , Waas, J
Parent Document: Biological Sciences PhD Student Conference Day
Category: Conference - Oral Presentation
Year Published: 2009

Measurement of feeding motivation in sheep: effects of food restriction
Author/s: Verbeek, Else , Waas, Joseph , McLeay, Lance , Matthews, Lindsay
Parent Document: 43rd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology
Category: Conference - Oral Presentation
Year Published: 2009

Repellents to deter new Zealand's North Island robin petroica australis longipes from pest control baits
Author/s: Day, T D , Matthews, Lindsay R , Waas, Joseph R
Parent Document: Biological Conservation
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 2003

Use of different artificial shelter types by farmed red deer (Cervus elaphus) calves
Author/s: Hodgetts, B V , Waas, Joseph R , Matthews, Lindsay R
Parent Document: Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 2002

The demand for straw and feathers as litter substrates by laying hens
Author/s: Gunnarsson, S , Matthews, L R , Foster, T M , Temple, W
Parent Document: Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 2000

Social interaction among captive brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)
Author/s: Day, T D , O'Connor, C E , Waas, J R , Matthews, L R
Parent Document: Applied Animal Behavior Science
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 2000

Colour preferences and coloured bait consumption by weka Gallirallus australis, an endemic New Zealand rail
Author/s: Hartley, Lynette , Waas, Joseph , O'Connor, Cheryl E , Matthews, Lindsay
Parent Document: Biological Conservation
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 2000

Colour preferences in North Island robins (Petroica australis): implications for deterring birds from poisonous baits
Author/s: Hartley, L , O'Connor, C E , Waas, J , Matthews, L
Parent Document: New Zealand Journal of Ecology
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 1999

Real-time physiological responses of red deer (Cervus elaphus) to translocations
Author/s: Waas, Joseph R , Ingram, John R , Matthews, Lindsay R
Parent Document: Journal of Wildlife Management
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 1999

Transmission of Leptospira interrogans serovar balcanica infection among socially housed brushtail possums in New Zealand
Author/s: Day, T D , O'Connor, C E , Waas, J R , Pearson, A J , Matthews, L R
Parent Document: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 1998

Subdividing behavioural sequences: What does it do to the value of an activity?
Author/s: Temple, William , Foster, T M , Walker, Jacqui A , Matthews, Lindsay R
Parent Document: 1998 New Zealand Behaviour Analysis Symposium
Category: Conference - Full Paper
Year Published: 1998

The effects of visual and auditory disturbance on the behaviour of red deer (Cervus elaphus) at pasture with and without shelter
Author/s: Hodgetts, B V , Waas, J R , Matthews, L R
Parent Document: Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 1998

Influence of Reward Magnitude on Elasticity of Demand for Dustbathing in Hens
Author/s: Matthews, Lindsay R , Walker, Jacqui A
Parent Document: 32nd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology
Category: Conference - Proceedings
Year Published: 1998

Social behaviour and leptospirosis transmission in possums
Author/s: Day, T D , O'Connor, C E , Waas, J R , Pearson, A J , Matthews, L R
Parent Document: Royal Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Series
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 1998

Subdividing behavioural sequences: what does it do to the value of that activity?
Author/s: Matthews, Lindsay R , Walker, Jacqui A , Temple, William , Foster, T M
Parent Document: 32nd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology
Category: Conference - Full Paper
Year Published: 1998

Influence of reward magnitude on elasticity of demand for dustbathing in hens
Author/s: Matthews, L R , Walker, J A , Foster, T M , Temple, W
Parent Document: 32nd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology
Category: Conference - Full Paper
Year Published: 1998

Leptospirosis in brushtail possums: Is Leptospira interrogans serovar balcanica environmentally transmitted?
Author/s: Day, T D , Waas, Joseph R , O'Connor, C E , Carey, P W , Matthews, Lindsay R , Pearson, A J
Parent Document: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 1997

The advantages and limitations of using demand functions to measure the importance of straw and feathers as litter for laying hens
Author/s: Gunnarsson, Stefan , Matthews, Lindsay R , Foster, T M , Temple, William
Parent Document: 5th European Symposium on Poultry Welfare
Category: Conference - Proceedings
Year Published: 1997

Demand for Feathers and Straw in Domestic Hens
Author/s: Temple, William , Foster, T M , Matthews, Lindsay R , Gunnarsson, Stefan
Parent Document: 5th European Conference on Poultry Welfare
Category: Conference - Full Paper
Year Published: 1997

Physiological Responses of Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) to Conditions Experienced during Road Transport
Author/s: Waas, Joseph R , Ingram, John R , Matthews, Lindsay R
Parent Document: Physiology and Behaviour
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 1997

Concurrent schedule performance in domestic goats: persistent undermatching
Author/s: Foster, T M , Matthews, Lindsay R , Temple, William , Poling, Alan
Parent Document: Behavioural Processes
Category: Refereed Journal Articles
Year Published: 1997 

 

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