• The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Blache has completed his PhD in Neurosciences at INRA in France and the AFRC Neuroendocrine Laboratory at Babraham in the UK. Dr Blache was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Western Australia and then joined UWA. Since 1993, Dr Blache worked on projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australia Wool Innovation (AWI) and the French, Danish and Norwegian research agencies.
Dr Blache has published over 200 papers and has an h-index of 29 (Web of Knowledge: 15-09-2017) and a ResearchGate score of 40.91 and h-index of 36 (ResearhGate: 25-09-2017). He has successfully supervised 24 PhD students, 7 masters and around 40 undergraduate projects.

Roles and responsibilities

Associate Professor - School of Animal Biology
Associate Professor - UWA Institute of Agriculture

Animal Ethics and Welfare
Emotion and stress in animals

Future research

Biomarkers for emotional reactivity in livestock

Funding overview

My research funding has come from the Australian Research Council, The Medical Health and Research Council, and industry funding bodies such as Meat and Livestock Australia, and Rural Industries Research Corporation. 

Previous positions

2005 - 2021: Senior Lecturer
School of Animal Biology – Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UWA

2000 - 2005: Lecturer
School of Animal Biology – Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science, UWA

1993 - 2000: Research Fellow
NHMRC and ARC funded position
Animal Science – Faculty of Agriculture, UWA

Current projects

Current projects with the following PhD Students:

Sarah Babington: Biomarkers of positive welfare states in sheep

Callum Connolli: Melatonin and oxidative stress

Projects with past PhD students:

Lorelle Barrett: Nesting preference and motivations in ducks.

Anna Amir: Secondary plant compounds and reproduction in sheep

Aprille Chadwick - Improving welfare of reproductive technologies for goats

Daud Dzulsuhaimi - Thermoregulation and reproduction in male alpacas

Travis Murray - Dairy ewes and temperament: shape up or sheep out

Xiaoyan Qiu: Gene polymorphisms associated with temperament in Merino sheep

Stacey Rietema: Temperament and activity of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis in sheep

Kelsie Moore: Pelt characteristics and insulation in alpacas

Mikaela Ciprian: Ethical theories and decision making in Animal Ethics Committee

Miriam Sullivan: How can we improve welfare for aquarium fish?

Kirrin Lund - Energy and nitrogen metabolism in alpacas

Alex Wells - Why producers do what they do: the case of mulesing in the Australian wool industry

Joanne Elliott - Attitudes, social influence and human behaviour in the adoption of strategies to improve lamb survival

Sharon Tay - Does mums diet affect her offspring?

Teaching overview

I currently lecture in the following units:

SCIE2100: Social Responsibility in Action (Sem 1)

NEUR1001: Neuroscience in Society (Sem 1)

ANIM3306: Clean Green and Ethical Animal Production (Sem 2)


1) Animal emotional reactivity: development of reliable and practical phenotypic measures, relationship to maternal behaviour and metabolic status, identification of genetic markers.

2) Neurodevelopment of preterm lambs (as a model for preterm infants) including emotion reactivity, cognitive function and regulation of food intake and growth.

3) Animal Welfare: thermoregulation and heat stress, stress physiology, pain management, development of predictive indicators of animal welfare, development of biomarkers of positive welfare state in livestock.


French (mother-tongue)
English (fluent)
Spanish (Knowledge) Thai (Knowledge)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Animal ethics and welfare
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal emotion
  • Stress physiology
  • Endocrinology of reproduction in alpacas


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