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Prof Adam Hart

Professor of Science Communication

I love all biology but particularly those insects that live together in large colonies, like ants. However, I'm just as likely to be talking about antelopes and rhino as I am ant-lions and rhino beetles. Chevron icon


I carry out research on entomology, ecology and citizen science and I’m a regular broadcaster and author of popular science articles. I present documentaries for BBC Radio 4, BBC4 and BBC2, as well as the weekly BBC radio programme Science in Action. I’m involved with large-scale citizen science projects including the Flying Ant and Starling Murmuration surveys with the Royal Society of Biology.


  • MA (Cantab): Zoology, University of Cambridge, 1997
  • PhD: PhD in Zoology, University of Sheffield, 2001
  • PGCHE: Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Gloucestershire, 2006


Royal Society of Biology Science Communicator of the Year 2010

National Teaching Fellowship 2010

Student Union Outstanding Lecturer 2012


Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies

Royal Entomological Society (Fellow)

Royal Society of Biology (Fellow)

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Teaching & Research


Teaching includes animal behaviour, behavioural ecology, evolution, statistics, mathematical modelling, citizen science, science communication, African savannah ecology and field skills.


Current research includes: thermal biology of leafcutting ants; flying ant emergences; starling murmurations; citizen science; savannah grassland management; anti-poaching.


More publications from Prof Adam Hart can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

I am regular broadcaster, presenting documentaries on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and BBC TV. I frequently appear in the national press and media talking about science in general and biology in particular.

Subject for media interview

Anything biological and anything scientific including citizen science, insects, conservation and science/society/policy.

Professional positions

Associate Editor of Ecological Entomology

Editor of The Biologist

Editor of Antenna

Editor of InStar Magazine for children

Member of Association of the Study for Animal Behaviour Education Committee

Royal Entomological Society Outreach committee

Patron of the charity Bees Abroad

External examining

University of Brighton Ecology Masters programme; University of Sheffield Science Communication Masters programme