Ecology and environment
Biotic responses to climate change; impacts of non-native species; biogeography; environmental biology; conservation ecology. Recent research projects include: examining the potential positive impacts of non-native species; modelling the effects of climate change on bird distribution; investigating the prevalence of parasites in the Skomer Vole.
Biology of taxonomic group
Social insect behaviour and evolution; avian biology; equine biology. Recent research projects include the thermal biology of leafcutting ants; the effect of worming treatments on horses; the incidence of puffinosis in seabirds.
Disease biology in birds and mammals; nematodes and parasites; microbial ecology. Recent research projects include: the bacterial communities of penguin feathers; microbial populations in bird next boxes and their effect on breeding success; fungi in solitary bee nests.
Effective teaching and learning; use of new technologies in teaching; field work in biosciences; students as researchers. One member of the team is a National Teaching Fellow. Recent research projects include: the importance of field courses in pastoral care; the use of web-based video to prime students prior to field courses.
Citizen science and public engagement
The use of volunteer ‘citizen science’ data in ecology and zoology; the public understanding of science. Recent research projects include: a nationwide flying ant survey to map distribution and timing; investigating the accuracy of the public in recording animal behaviour; modelling the use of rewards to improve volunteer data collection.
See also Research opportunities in Geography and Environmental Sciences, Countryside and Community.
All research students who have not already completed a relevant Master’s degree, or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training, are required to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods.
- An Honours degree of upper second class or above from a UK/EC university, or equivalent qualification, is normally required in a relevant subject area
- In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area
- Initial registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD. Candidates with a Master’s degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for a PhD directly.
See the further details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Prof. Anne Goodenough
Professor of Applied Ecology; Academic Course Leader: MSc Applied Ecology
"I am Course Leader for MSc Applied Ecology, where I teach landscape ecology, ecological surveying and applied conservation. I also supervise posgraduate research projects, including PhDs in areas as diverse as surveying mammals, the role of citizen science in modern-day ecological research, plant biogeography and amphibian conservation. I am also a highly active researcher and publishes regularly in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as writing popular science articles and disseminating research at conferences. I involve postgraduate students in my research work wherever possible."
- Møller, Anders Pape and Balbontín, Javier and Dhondt, André A. and Remeš, Vladimir and Adriaensen, Frank and Biard, Clotilde and Camprodon, Jordi and Cicho?, Mariusz and Doligez, Blandine and Dubiec, Anna and Eens, Marcel and Eeva, Tapio and Goodenough, Anne E and Gosler, Andrew G. and Gustafsson, Lars and Heeb, Philipp and Hinsley, Shelley A. and Jacob, Staffan and Juškaitis, Rimvydas and Laaksonen, Toni and Leclercq, Bernard and Massa, Bruno and Mazgajski, Tomasz D. and Nager, Ruedi G. and Nilsson, Jan-Åke and Nilsson, Sven G. and Norte, Ana C. and Pinxten, Rianne and Robles, Hugo and Solonen, Tapio and Sorace, Alberto and van Noordwijk, Arie J. and Lambrechts, Marcel M. (2018-11-01) Effects of interspecific co-existence on laying date and clutch size in two closely related species of hole-nesting birds. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87 (6), pp.1738-1748. ISSN 0021-8790.
- Hart, Adam G and Carpenter, William S. and Hlustik-Smith, Estelle and Reed, Matt and Goodenough, Anne E and Ellison, Aaron (2018-09-04) Testing the potential of Twitter mining methods for data acquisition: Evaluating novel opportunities for ecological research in multiple taxa. Methods in Ecology and Evolution ISSN 2041-210X.
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Develop your skills in research methods through dedicated modules
Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.
Five specialist research areas
We have a particular research history in ecology and environment, biology of taxonomic groups, microbiology, pedagogic research and citizen science and public engagement.