Dr Clare Browne


Qualifications: BSc, MSc Massey University; PhD Waikato

Research Interests

I am interested in many aspects of animal behaviour, particularly applied animal behaviour. I have a special interest the behaviour of domestic dogs, and how this knowledge can be used in scent detection applications for conservation (and other) purposes. My research interests include scent detection, conservation, animal learning, animal welfare, human-animal interactions, and urban wildlife.

I have research collaborations across the School of Science and elsewhere in the University of Waikato, as well as with Massey University, Waikato DHB, and AgResearch.

Research Supervised


  • Collins, Melissa (in progress). Biological olfactory repellents and their potential use to repel dogs (Canis familiaris) from anticoagulant poison.
  • Davy, Mike (in progress). Foraging on café sugar-packets by the house sparrow (Passer domesticus): Learning mechanisms, distribution and public perception.
  • Hobbs, Alisha (in progress). Comparative importance of training stimuli used in an avian aversion training protocol for the domestic dog (Canis familiaris).
  • Taylor, Amy (in progress). Reliability and accuracy of animal behaviour observational data collected by zoo volunteers and zoo visitors.
  • Babington, Ocean (in progress). Addressing canine separation anxiety using systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning.
  • Giezen, Claudia (submitted). The effect of response requirement and target probability on the performance of dogs during a go/no-go scent detection task.
  • Quaife, Jesse (submitted). Detection of an invasive aquatic species by canine olfaction.
  • Acton, Gemma (2017).  When allowed free choice do Saanen dairy goats (Capra aegagrus hircus) prefer to eat from an elevated or a floor level feeder?

BSc (Hons)

  • Connor, Rebecca (in progress). Displacement behaviour and outdoor space in dairy goats.

Teaching Commitments


Animal Behaviour; Learning

Dogs; Conservation; Wildlife

Recent Publications

  • Giezen, C., Edwards, T., & Browne, C. M. (2017). Influences of indication response requirement on scent detection performance of dogs in a go/no-go procedure. In 14th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis. Victoria University, Wellington.

  • Quaife, J., Edwards, T., & Browne, C. M. (2017). Detection of an invasive aquatic species by canine olfaction. In 14th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis. Conference held at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Browne, C. M., Starkey, N. J., Foster, T. M., & McEwan, J. S. (2017). Examination of the accuracy and applicability of information in popular books on dog training. Society and Animals, 1-25. doi:10.1163/15685306-12341453 Open Access version:

  • Edwards, T. L., Browne, C. M., Schoon, A., Cox, C., & Poling, A. (2017). Animal olfactory detection of human diseases: Guidelines and systematic review. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 20, 59-73. doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2017.05.002 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Room: R.2.15
Phone: +64 7 838 4139