Research and research training in BIAZA zoos and aquariums: an analysis of the BIAZA research database

Hosey, G., Harley, J.J. and Ward, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-5857-1071, 2019. Research and research training in BIAZA zoos and aquariums: an analysis of the BIAZA research database. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 7 (4), pp. 210-217. ISSN 2214-7594

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The BIAZA research database is a spreadsheet containing details that member collections submit about research (postgraduate and professional) and research training (up to undergraduate) projects being undertaken within their collection. The database contains information on 4816 projects since 1969, and these have been analysed to discern trends in numbers, taxa and subjects studied, academic institutions and collections involved. Thirty-eight collections contributed information to the database (31.4% of BIAZA membership). Both research and research training projects have increased substantially since 2000, which parallels a growth in animal care, welfare and behaviour courses in academic institutions. Projects in both categories are skewed heavily towards behavioural studies on mammals, with smaller numbers of projects on members of other taxa, or other topics. A small number of zoos and academic institutions are responsible for the majority of projects in both categories, although the number of academic institutions that have carried out projects in BIAZA zoos is very large (n=246 in 18 different countries). It is concluded that both research and research training are significant and widespread activities in BIAZA collections, but that more needs to be done to promote a wider diversity of topics and taxa studied.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research
Creators: Hosey, G., Harley, J.J. and Ward, S.
Publisher: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
Date: 31 October 2019
Volume: 7
Number: 4
ISSN: 2214-7594
Rights: Open access journal. Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 01 Nov 2019 07:40
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 07:40

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