Senior Lecturer, Director of Foundation Year Studies
Helga Bartels-Hardege has been interested in chemical communication of marine invertebrates throughout her university career and is keen to transfer this enthusiasm to university and school students alike via research-led teaching and authentic science projects.
I am a member of the Chemical Ecology research group. My background is the reproductive process of marine invertebrates, especially polychaete worms and their use of chemical signals, pheromones. We study the nature of chemical signals and their role in mate choice, kin recognition and reproductive isolation. Over the past years we have used our knowledge of animal signals to investigate the impacts of climate change, mainly ocean acidification (the reduction of pH through increased atmospheric carbon dioxide) upon marine life.
Teaching and Learning
As the Director of Foundation Year Studies at Hull University, I am interested in widening participation by allowing students with alternative qualifications to access higher education. I am interested in methods of learning and teaching like the use of workplace and problem based learning within the department’s learning and teaching activities, methods, where students are in control of their own learning. As part of this I am involved in bringing real science into schools by placement modules, where students act as positive role models and offering special projects to promote science at schools.