Academic Staff

Joe Wolfe



Department and Research Groups

Cryobiology and Anhydrobiology (Biophysics)

Joe Wolfe

Research Interests

My fields are the physics of music and speech, and cellular biophysics.

Our group studies the acoustics of musical instruments and of the vocal tract, and the production and analysis of sound by physiological, mechanical and electronic systems. John Smith and I have developed a technique for rapid, precise measurement of acoustic impedance spectra and transfer functions. We use this technique to study musical instruments and the human vocal tract and its involvement in speech, singing and wind instrument performance.

Important examples of cellular thermodynamics occur in cryobiology and anhydrobiology. Many living tissues are damaged by freezing and/or dehydration. I study the thermal physics of these processes at scales from the ultrastructural to the environmental.

Selected Publications

Awards for research

  • The Australian Acoustical Society presented the 2010 Excellence in Acoustics Award to Joe and the Acoustics lab at UNSW.
  • The French Acoustical Society presented Joe with the Society's International Medal (la Médaille Étrangère) in 2004.
  • The Australian Acoustical Society presented the 2004 Excellence in Acoustics Award to Joe and the Acoustics lab at UNSW.
  • The Acoustical Society of America presented Joe with the 2003 Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics.
  • Fellow of the Acoustical Societies of Australia and America.

Awards for teaching

Educational Publications

Contact Details 

Mail Address

School of Physics
The University of New South Wales

Email Address

Phone Number

61 2 9385 4954 (UT +10, +11 Oct-Mar)

Facsimile Number

61 2 9385 6060