Elze Hesse

Research Group

Member of Professor Angus Bucking's research group

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Dr Elze Hesse

Research Fellow


My research has broadly focused on processes that govern population dynamics, species coexistence and life-history evolution, using both field- and lab-based approaches. In particular, I am interested in how species may respond to environmental challenges in terms of both their demography and life-history (e.g., resource allocation trade-offs and co-evolutionary dynamics). Currently, I am working on the social evolution of heavy metal bioremediation within the context of whole microbial communities.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Research publication titles

Research interests

  • Social evolution
  • Coevolution
  • Popoulation dynamics
  • Species coexistence
  • Life-history evolution
  • Sexual system evolution
  • Range expansion

Current projects

  • Social evolution of microbial heavy metal bioremediation


2006 PhD in Life history evolution (University of Fribourg), Switzerland
MSc in Plant Physiology and Population Biology (University of Groningen), The Netherlands


2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leiden
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford
2008 Botanical consultant for Société des Mines de Fer de Guinée, Guinea
2006-2008 Swiss National Science Foundation Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Contact details

Email  e.hesse@exeter.ac.uk
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 2.03
Address University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE