I am a strong believer that learning should be imbedded by doing. I take every opportunity to facilitate student learning by incorporating workshops, applied case studies and practical work in my teaching. I teach across modules in Biology, Zoology, Ecology and Environmental Science, with a specific focus on ecological reconstructions.
My research is focused around the applications of palynology. I’ve studied the use of pollen in forensic investigations, for establishing baselines in conservation and in testing modern ecological theory. I encourage students to get involved in research projects, and have enabled both undergraduate and postgraduate students to become co-authors on academic publications.
I am the course leader for BSc Animal Biology, BSc Zoology and BSc Biology. I have been involved in validation events for new courses internally and externally and am an experienced external examiner.
Julia Webb is a palynologist (palynology is the study of pollen and spores) and her research spans many areas within the field. Alongside the traditional use of palynology to reconstruct environments, Julia has been involved in more modern applications, such as in forensic cases and in answering modern ecological questions. She is a firm believer that pollen has many uses beyond fertilisation of flowering plants.
Current research students
Taylor Kingham – MSc by Research “The extent and magnitude of the 8.2ka climate event in South Wales”
Completed PhD students
Julia McCarroll – Application of palaeoecological techniques to inform blanket mire conservation in Yorkshire, UK
Adewunmi Bodede – an assessment of the impact of pesticide use by urban and peri-urban cultivators in Oyo state, south-western Nigeria
Rob Jarman – Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) in Britain: a multi-proxy approach to determine its origins and cultural significance.