Key People

Scientists from the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus will be holding dynamic, interactive sessions with the public at this year's Science in the Square event. As well as sharing their passions for their chosen fields of science, our experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Below, you can find more information about our experts, their specialisms and details of the sessions they will be running on the day.

Dr Kelly Moyes

Dr Kelly Moyes

Interaction session: Why do animals have friends? – 12:30
Dr Kelly Moyes spent many years studying social animals in the field and will be asking why animals rely on friends to survive.

"My research has focused on British ecology, conservation and natural history. My early career found me living and working in the Kalahari Desert studying meerkat behaviour, and the Isle of Rum in Scotland studying the population ecology of red deer. I have also studied badgers in Cornwall, examining the mechanisms for contact with cattle to understand how bovine tuberculosis is transmitted between the species.".

Professor Dave Hosken

Professor Dave Hosken
Professor in Evolutionary Biology

Interaction session: Why do animals have weapons? – 13:30
Professor Dave Hosken is an expert in animal weaponry. He will be asking why animals from triceratops to termites develop teeth, claws, stings and horns that allow them to become deadly fighters.

"I am an evolutionary biologist with broad interests, but I am primarily interested in sexual phenotypes particularly those associated with sexual selection and sexual conflict. I also work on the genetics of sexual selection, sperm competition, inbreeding, metabolism, and intra-locus sexual conflict. I am particularly interested in DDT-resistance alleles in Drosophila because of the sexually antagonistic selection they generate.".

Dr Kev Hughes

Dr Kev Hughes
Lecturer in Renewable Energy

Interaction session: Why burn fossil fuels? – 14:30
Dr Kev Hughes is a lecturer in renewable energy. He will be talking about how we can use the power of the wind, sun and waves as an alternative to using fossil fuels.

"My ambition is to increase the understanding and uptake of Renewable Energy technologies in the commercial sector. I am interested in anaerobic digestion (AD), the process of converting waste material into biogas that can be burned to generate heat or electricity, and how this can be suitable to the need of Cornwall’s farming sector.".

Professor Annette Broderick

Professor Annette Broderick
Professor of Marine Conservation

Interaction session: Why do sea turtles cross oceans? - 15:30
Professor Annette Broderick is a marine conservation scientist, with a particular interest in turtles. She uses satellites to track their movements across the planet to understand more about how they live their lives.

"My research focuses on the exploitation and status of marine vertebrate populations, in particular marine turtles, utilising satellite tracking and mark and recapture to understand the thermal ecology, sex ratios, habitat use, navigational abilities, growth rates and fecundity of individuals. Given the importance of the thermal environment on these reptilian species, the potential effects of global climate change are a major issue for this group, and a focus for my research,".