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Dr Caroline Lee

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Caroline Lee leads the CSIRO Animal Behaviour and Welfare Team. The team works to develop objective measures of welfare and to improve husbandry practices and livestock systems. Dr Lee is working to provide improvements in animal welfare for the benefit of both the livestock industries and to meet the expectations of the general public.

Dr Lee's research is developing new methods to assess animal welfare. Her main interests include developing novel, practical methods of assessing emotional states in animals. She also works on developing virtual fencing systems for cattle and sheep and has a growing interest in linking animal welfare with broader sustainability goals.

Her research topics include:
* benchmarking and animal welfare assurance
* assessment of affective states in livestock
* development of virtual fencing for cattle and sheep
* welfare assessment of new technologies in livestock
* assessing welfare of free range laying hens

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    University of Sydney

  • 2022

    Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • 1998

    BScAgr (Hon 1)
    University of Sydney

Professional Experiences

  • 2020-2023

    Adjunct Professor
    University of Tasmania

  • 2017-2021

    Invited Member Strategic Partnerships in Animal Welfare Management Committee
    Meat and Livestock Australia

  • 2016-current

    Adjunct Professor
    The University of New England, Australia

  • 2014-current

    Deputy Chair
    Board of the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching Ltd (ANZCCART)

  • 2017-current

    Invited Member OIE Regional Animal Welfare Strategy Advisory Group

  • 2020-2021

    Invited Member National Chicken Meat Welfare Standards Committee

  • 2012-current

    Invited Member OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare Science and Bioethical Analysis Management Committee

  • 2009-2012

    Invited Member
    Reference Group for Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Sheep

  • 2010-2012

    Invited Member
    Reference Group for Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Cattle

  • 2008-2008

    Invited Member Expert Working group for Standards and Guidelines for Horses
    Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)

  • 2005-2005

    Invited Member
    Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) coordinated working group for the Appendix to the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals – The Sheep – Mulesing

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2019

    CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award

  • 2011-2014

    Julius Career Award

  • 2009-2010

    Payne-Scott Award

  • 2006-2006

    Fresh Science FInalist
    Science in Public

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