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.


  • 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 (2020-01-20) Evaluating veld condition index: how many samples is enough?. African Journal of Ecology ISSN 0141-6707.
  • Sumner, Rachel C and Goodenough, Anne E (2020-01-06) A walk on the wild side: How interactions with non-companion animals might help reduce human stress. People and Nature ISSN 2575-8314.
  • Sumner, Rachel C and Goodenough, Anne E (2020-01-06) A Walk on the Wild Side
  • Radchuk, Viktoriia and Reed, Thomas and Teplitsky, Céline and van de Pol, Martijn and Charmantier, Anne and Hassall, Christopher and Adamík, Peter and Adriaensen, Frank and Ahola, Markus and Arcese, Peter and Avilés, Jesús Miguel and Balbontin, Javier and Blanckenhorn, Wolf and Borras, Antoni and Burthe, Sarah and Clobert, Jean and Dehnhard, Nina and de Lope, Florentino and Dhondt, André A. and Dingemanse, Niels J. and Doi, Hideyuki and Eeva, Tapio and Fickel, Joerns and Filella, Iolanda and Fossøy, Frode and Goodenough, Anne E and Hall, Stephen J.G. and Hansson, Bengt and Harris, Michael and Hasselquist, Dennis and Hickler, Thomas and Joshi, Jasmin and Kharouba, Heather and Martínez, Juan Gabriel and Mihoub, Jean-Baptiste and Mills, James A. and Molina-Morales, Mercedes and Moksnes, Arne and Ozgul, Arpat and Parejo, Deseada and Pilard, Philippe and Poisbleau, Maud and Rousset, Francois and Rödel, Mark-Oliver and Scott, David and Senar, Juan Carlos and Stefanescu, Constanti and Stokke, Bård G. and Tamotsu, Kusano and Tarka, Maja and Tarwater, Corey and Thonicke, Kirsten and Thorley, Jack and Wilting, Andreas and Tryjanowski, Piotr and Merilä, Juha and Sheldon, Ben and Møller, Anders Pape and Matthysen, Erik and Janzen, Fredric and Dobson, Stephen and Visser, Marcel E. and Beissinger, Steven R. and Courtiol, Alexandre and Kramer-Schadt, Stephanie (2019-07-23) Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient. Nature Communications, 10, pp.3109. ISSN 2041-1723.
  • Goodenough, Anne E and Webb, Julia C and Yardley, Jonathan (2019-05-01) Environmentally-realistic concentrations of anthelmintic drugs affect survival and motility in the cosmopolitan earthworm Lumbricus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758). Applied Soil Ecology, 137, pp.87-95. ISSN 0929-1393.

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