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Prof Anne Goodenough

Professor in Applied Ecology

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. Chevron icon


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: 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


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

2013: National Teaching Fellow

2013: Chartered Biologist

2012: University Teaching Fellow

Membership of professional bodies

Royal Society of Biology

British Trust for Ornithology

Teaching & 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.


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.


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

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

Subject for media interview




Starling murmurations

Biological effects of climate change

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