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Biography I am Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Director of Curriculum Transformation. My disciplinary research is in behavioural ecology, especially how animals perceive and respond to their environments, why they live in groups, and how they respond to predators. In my teaching, I am passionate about supporting students in their development into scientists, and in the acquisition of skills and competencies that support critical and independent thinking. I am an AdvanceHE National Teaching Fellow (NTF 2020) and Principal Fellow (PFHEA 2023).
Research Interests My research investigates how animals perceive and respond to their environments, particularly in the context of social behaviour and environmental change. My group studies how animals interact with one another and their environment, and how the environment affects their behaviour. I am also interested in how students learn, and in evaluating the effectiveness of learning and teaching strategies.

Research themes include:
- The effectiveness and value of feedback in student learning, the development of student autonomy, and the value of, and barriers to participation in fieldwork.
- The evolution of parental care, particularly the relationship between laterality (side biases in behaviour) and parental care in fish.
- Predator-prey interactions and the evolution of animal aggregation in response to predators, conspecifics and the distribution of resources.
- The influence of experience and environmental change on behaviour, particularly in relation to the effects of increasing water turbidity on the behaviour of fishes.
Teaching and Learning I am the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Director of Curriculum Transformation.

Previously I was Director of Studies and Deputy Head of Department for the Department of Biological and Marine Sciences.

My recent teaching includes contributions to the following modules:
- Red Listing Conservation Projects (module leader, level 6)
- Research Projects (levels 6 and 7)
- Professional & Research Skills for Biologists (level 5)
- Extinction (level 6)
- Behavioural Ecology (level 5)
ResearcherID A-4311-2008
Scopus Author ID 6701780983