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Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
+44 (0)1865 483244
Senior Lecturer in Biology
Subject Coordinator for Biology and MBiol Biology
My teaching strongly reflects both my multidisciplinary research interests as well as my commitment to shaping and influencing curriculum development within the department. Furthermore, I have an excellent overview of the curriculum, teaching at all levels, including on almost all of the modules that are compulsory for Biology (BG) for which I am the subject coordinator, as well as supervision of undergraduate research projects.
Level 4: U14501 (Biodiversity; lectures), U14502 (Biology of Cells; practicals), and U15503 (Science in Practice; PASS tutorials)
Level 5: U15529 (Research Methods for Biological and Environmental Sciences; seminars), U15531 (Molecular Biology; lectures), U15532 (Genetics; lectures and practicals), U15534 (Developmental Biology; lectures and seminars), and U15552 (Animal Behaviour; lectures)
Level 6: U15571 (Evolution and Animal Development; module leader; lectures, practicals and all marking), U15584 (Environmental Change; lectures, mentoring NERC grant application proposals, and student seminars), U15570 (Science and Humanity; ran discussion sessions), U14699 (Projects; statistics training session and supervision of project students), U14588 (Independent Study in Life Sciences; supervision of students), and U15591 (Advanced Topics in Wildlife Conservation).
Postgraduate Teaching and Supervision
P10201 (Taxonomy and Identification; lectures), P10202 (Ecology for Conservation; lectures), P10299 (Research Project 60 credits; supervision of research projects); P10401 (Research Methods; Module leader; lectures, practicals and seminars),P10403 (Molecular Ecology and Population Genetics; lectures), P10405 (Research Project 120 credits; supervision of students), and P10501 (Research Project on the MBiol Biology 80 credits;Module leader).
PhD student supervision (as first supervisor):
Much of life history theory has been developed without regard to the actual developmental genetic basis of the variation in the traits being investigated. My research aims, however, to achieve a synthesis of life history models with developmental genetic models of evolution. In particular, the main research strand in my lab is to investigate: how do mothers produce eggs and regulate the development of their offspring under different environmental conditions, and what is the significance of transgenerational effects. Aspects of offspring development investigated include embryonic body axes formation, extra-embryonic tissue specification, formation and functionality, growth, reproduction and wing morphology. The approach taken in my lab is highly multidisciplinary, integrating ecology, evolution and developmental biology.
I use butterflies as my main model system, in particular the Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria).
Butterfly Ecological Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Within larger research groupings of:
Research Group Lab Members
Research and academic profiles: Researchgate and LinkedIn
ResearcherID is N-6582-2013 (linked to Orcid)
Expertise in evolutionary developmental biology, in particular where it pertains Lepidoptera.
Public Awareness and Outreach Activities
Butterfly Tennis Balls!