Staff Profiles: Prof. Anne Goodenough

Prof. Anne Goodenough

Staff Profile: Prof. Anne Goodenough
Professor of Applied Ecology; Academic Course Leader: MSc Applied Ecology

Prof. Anne Goodenough

Prof. Anne Goodenough

Professor of Applied Ecology; Academic Course Leader: MSc Applied Ecology

Environmental Sciences

I am a Professor of Applied Ecology with broad teaching and research interests spanning from nesting ecology of birds to ecological impact assessment, mammal conservation and the role of citizen sciences in studying biology and ecology.


I teach across the undergraduate programmes in Biology and Animal Biology, with a specific focus on ecological surveying, conservation ecology and avian biology. I run the annual UK #StarlingSurvey to record murmurations and am also a highly active researcher. I publish regularly in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as writing popular science articles and disseminating research at conferences, involving undergraduate students in my research work wherever possible.


2013: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (previously Fellow 2007-2012)

2013: National Teaching Fellow

2013: Chartered Biologist

2012: University Teaching Fellow


2013: Biosciences Lecturer of the Year (Royal Society of Biology); Runner up

2010: Research Excellence Award, University of Gloucestershire

2006: Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment Essay Prize

Membership of professional bodies

Royal Society of Biology

British Trust for Ornithology

Teaching and research


I focus on practical and conservation ecology, field biology, avian biology and biogeography. My teaching is highly applied and uses lectures, seminars, workshops, fieldwork, lab work and computer analysis to link theory to its practical application.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My research focuses on applied ecology. This includes the ways in which species interact with their environment, the biotic effects of climatic change, ecological monitoring and conservation ecology. Although I work on many different taxonomic groups, my particular passion is applied ornithology – anything connected with birds has always fascinated me! My research is of an applied nature, having particular relevance to species conservation and habitat management.


  • Goodenough, Anne E and Carpenter, William S and McTavish, Lynne and Blades, Bryony and Clarke, Emily and Griffiths, Shaun and Harding, Nadine and Scott, Rebekah and Walsh, Emily and Wilson, Louisa and Hart, Adam G (2020-10-31) The impact of inter-observer variability on the accuracy, precision and utility of a commonly-used grassland condition index. Ecological Indicators, 117, pp.Art No 106664. ISSN 1470-160X.
  • Hart, Adam G and Carpenter, William S and McTavish, Lynne and Blades, Bryony and Clarke, Emily and Griffiths, Shaun and Harding, Nadine and Walsh, Emily and Wilson, Louisa and Goodenough, Anne E (2020-09-30) Evaluating veld condition index: how many samples is enough?. African Journal of Ecology, 58 (3), pp.596-598. ISSN 0141-6707.
  • Möller, Anders P. and Balbontin, Javier and Dhondt, André A. and Adriaensen, Frank and Artemyev, Alexandr and Ba?bura, Jerzy and Barba, Emilio and Biard, Clotilde and Blondel, Jacques and Bouvier, Jean-Charles and Camprodon, Jordi and Cecere, Francesco and Charter, Motti and Cicho?, Mariusz and Cusimano, Camillo and Dubiec, Anna and Eens, Marcel and Eeva, Tapio and Ferns, Peter N. and Forsman, Jukka T. and Goldshtein, Aya and Goodenough, Anne E and Gosler, Andrew G. and Gustafsson, Lars and Harnist, Iga and Hartley, Ian R. and Heeb, Philipp and Hinsley, Shelley A. and Jacob, Staffan and Järvinen, Antero and Juškaitis, Rimvydas and Korpimäki, Erkki and Krams, Indrikis and Laaksonen, Toni and Leclercq, Bernard and Lehikoinen, Esa and Loukola, Olli and Mainwaring, Mark C. and Mänd, Raivo and Massa, Bruno and Matthysen, Erik and Mazgajski, Tomasz D. and Merino, Santiago and Mitrus, Cezary and Mönkkönen, Mikko and Nager, Ruedi G. and Nilsson, Jan-Åke and Nilsson, Sven G. and Norte, Ana C. and von Numers, Mikael and Orell, Markku and Pimentel, Carla S. and Pinxten, Rianne and Priedniece, Ilze and Remeš, Vladimir and Richner, Heinz and Robles, Hugo and Rytkönen, Seppo and Senar, Juan Carlos and Seppänen, Janne T. and da Silva, Luís P. and Slagsvold, Tore and Solonen, Tapio and Sorace, Alberto and Stenning, Martyn J. and Török, János and Tryjanowski, Piotr and van Noordwijk, Arie J. and Walankiewicz, Wies?aw and Lambrechts, Marcel M. (2020-09-06) Interaction of climate change with effects of conspecific and heterospecific density on reproduction. Oikos ISSN 0030-1299.
  • Goodenough, Anne E and Roberts, Hazel and Biggs, David M and Derounian, James and Hart, Adam G and Lynch, Kenneth (2020-07-01) A higher degree of resilience: Using psychometric testing to reveal the benefits of university internship placements. Active Learning in Higher Education, 21 (2), pp.102-115. ISSN 1469-7874.
  • Swallow, Kelly A and Wood, Matthew J and Goodenough, Anne E (2020-06-22) Relative contribution of ancient woodland indicator and non-indicator species to herb layer distinctiveness in ancient semi-natural, ancient replanted, and recent woodland. Applied Vegetation Science ISSN 1402-2001.

More publications from Prof. Anne Goodenough can be found in the Research Repository.

Completed Supervisions

External responsibilities

Consultancy work:

JISC Open Educational Resources (2009/10): Development of a Virtual Learning Environment to teach ecological experimental design

Higher Education Academy (2011/12): Developing a supportive framework for field courses through video-based resources

Subjects for media interviews




Starling murmurations

Biological effects of climate change

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Professional positions

Trustee of Gloucestershire Wildife Trust.

Associate Editor of Bird Study.

Editorial Board of Microbial Ecology.

External examining

University of Bedfordshire: BSc Animal Science Shuttleworth College: FdSc Animal Management