The University of Exeter Cornwall campuses are home to a diverse community of academics and researchers exploring a broad range of topics. We have a strong interdisciplinary approach to our work and our research groups and centres draw from experts in many fields.
Some of our leading academics:
Professor Brendan Godley
I co-ordinate the Marine Turtle Research Group with Annette Broderick which allows us to carry out a wide range of projects aimed at unlocking the secrets of marine turtle ecology; many relevant to conservation. This has involved fieldwork in Ascension Island, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Guinea Bissau, Montserrat, Northern Cyprus, Turkey and the USA. Through my partnership with the USA-based NGO Seaturtle.org, we have helped develop an online tracking site where the public can track marine vertebrates in near real time.
Professor Juliet Osborne
My research looks at how insects and plants interact within the environment, and their role in the provision of ecosystem services. My work includes the study of pollination and pest regulation in crops. I am particularly interested in conserving and promoting bee populations, and protecting and promoting wild flower and crop pollination. To achieve this, I work closely with beekeepers and conservation organisations.
Professor David Hosken
Is sexual selection adaptive? Darwin suggested natural selection would oppose sexual selection, as did Fisher, but also noted that sexual selection could increase non-sexual fitness. Which of these views is correct? I am using laboratory evolution in insect models to investigate this and test if sexual selection does facilitate natural selection.
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 am a member of the Evolution research group.
Professor Nick Groom
Prof. Nick Groom is the author of several highly acclaimed works on cultural heritage and national character, in particular The Union Jack (2006), The Gothic (2012), and The Seasons (2013). He is an acknowledged expert on calendar customs, literature and the environment, the Gothic from earliest times to the present day, C18th and Romantic literature, and literary forgery, as well as on specific writers such as William Shakespeare, Thomas Chatterton, and JRR Tolkien. He has written or edited fifteen books and published over sixty academic papers in these and other areas, and also writes for and appears regularly in the media.
Professor Lora Fleming
I'm the Director of the European Centre and Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health at the University of Exeter. I'm a board certified occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist, with over 30 years’ experience in environment and occupational exposures and human health. As Director at the European Centre, I work in the areas of Oceans and Human Health and Healthy Workplaces. Working with various Centre colleagues and others I have performed research in 'Oceans and Human Health' and 'Health disparities in the workplace'.
Professor Tapas Mallick
With my research team, I look at bridging the urban and rural energy divide through solar energy implementation. I am particularly interested in teaching advanced solar energy engineering and heat transfer for renewable energy systems. I am actively involved various RCUK, European and Industrial funded research projects in the area of Solar Energy. In addition, I am Editor-in-Chief of the Advances in Renewable Energy Journal. You can find out more by watching a two-minute video of me explaining my work.
Professor Marion Gibson
For many years I’ve been thinking and writing about witchcraft, magic and paganism in literature and history. I became interested in magic because of its appearance in Renaissance plays and poems (such as Macbeth and The Tempest) and I began to explore popular cultural sources for those literary representations, especially accounts of witchcraft trials in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. I have written a number of books on these. From there – and driven largely by my students’ interests – I moved onto exploring the ways that Renaissance witches were re-imagined in modern texts. I’m currently working on a book that explores these new witchy identities, to be called Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft. » Full profile
Professor Dan Stevens
Professor Dan Stevens is currently an associate professor and Director of Education in Politics at our Penryn Campus.
My research covers mass political behaviour and media. Within these areas I have concentrated most on the modern campaign in the United States, in particular how individuals respond to flows of information in campaigns in terms of the effects on their political attitudes, vote choice, and turnout, and the nature and effects of the local news media.
Professor Frances Wall
Rare earths and minerals which contain rare earth elements have really hit the headlines; not long ago, nobody had heard of them and now they’re front-page elements. My current research focuses on understanding how rare earth deposits form and how we can process them really efficiently to secure future supplies.
I am also the first female president of the Mineralogical Society.
Professor Angus Buckling
I work on the evolutionary ecology of microbes, primarily by studying evolution in real time in controlled environments (experimental evolution). Research interests range from developing and testing general evolutionary ecology theory (host-parasite coevolution, social evolution, evolution of species diversity, evolution within community contexts) to more applied issues (evolution of virulence, antimicrobials, biomethane production, heavy metal bioremediation).
Dr Asif Ali Tahir
The development of renewable, low cost energy technologies is a key scientific challenge for the 21st century, and my research focuses on the development of new chemical approaches to solar energy conversion: harnessing solar energy either to produce electricity (photovoltaics), molecular fuels (e.g. hydrogen) or photocatalysis. Our fundamental studies of new materials and device concepts aim to elucidate design principles and so enable technological development.
Dr Shakti Lamba
A substantial body of theory in evolutionary biology predicts that demographic characteristics of populations, such as their size and patterns of migration, may be important drivers of cooperation and competition. But for the most part these theoretical ideas remain empirically untested in human populations. Much of my research focuses on testing these models in real-world populations to investigate whether demographic influences on cooperation and competition explain the cultural variation observed across populations. Read more on my website.
Professor Lars Johanning
I am a professor of Ocean Technology and my research focuses on hydrodynamic related topics for marine structures. This has included studies on hydrodynamic damping and vortex induced vibration on bluff bodies, loading and dynamic response of a mono-tower in steep and breaking waves, and hydrodynamic studies on station keeping principals for marine renewable devices to improve reliability and cost-efficient power capture.
Professor Steffen Boehm
I am a Professor in Organisation and Sustainability at the University of Exeter Business School. Among other projects, I am currently involved in a critical interrogation of the social struggles involved in forming a sustainable climate policy. I have developed critical understandings of the role of carbon markets, arguing that they have been a distraction and that they have had a range of unintended, negative social and environmental consequences.
Dr Michiel Vos
I am an evolutionary microbiologist, primarily focusing on opportunistic pathogens. Understanding what makes these bugs ‘tick’ is not only exciting from a fundamental science perspective, but is also highly relevant as it offers clues to new ways to prevent and cure disease. My current research seeks to understand how ‘bacterial sex’ can aid adaptation to parasitic phages in the aquatic bacterium Aeromonas. Regular updates on my research can be found on my blog.
Dr William Gaze
I am a molecular microbial ecologist conducting research in the natural and farmed environments on projects relating to human health. My current research identifies environmental reservoirs of novel antibiotic resistant genes. The project seeks to reveal how humans are exposed to environmental reservoirs of antibiotic resistant organisms. In collaboration with the Environment Agency, my team has screened bathing water from beaches across England and Wales to assess the risk of exposure to resistant bacteria faced by swimmers, surfers and other beach users.
Professor Tom Tregenza
There's an imbalance between what we know about evolutionary biology in the lab and what we know about how things actually work in nature. For the last 5 years we have been monitoring a population of field crickets in a Spanish meadow. We measure the reproductive success of every individual and the pattern of relationships across generations using DNA fingerprinting. This allows us to answer questions about the importance of natural and sexual selection, conflicts of interest between males and females, ageing and loads more. Our wildcrickets.org website is dedicated to this project.
Dr Markus Mueller
My research addresses mathematical systems and control theory and their applications within marine engineering, renewable energy and systems biology. My academic work includes developing the Applied Mathematics programmes for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at the Cornwall Campus, with a focus on interdisciplinary applications and in close liaison with my colleagues.
Dr Catriona Pennell
I am a historian of 19th and 20th century British and Irish history with a particular focus on the social and cultural history of the First World War and British imperial activity in the Middle East since the 1880s. I am intrigued by the experiences of ordinary people and communities in global war, as well as the on-going (and often bloody) relationship between current conflict and imperial pasts, particularly in Ireland, Lebanon, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Professor Stuart Townley
I am particularly interested in dynamical systems and control: the study of things (mechanical, biological, electrical, etc.) which interact and evolve in time and can be predicted, managed and optimised. I've been the Chair in Applied Mathematics at the ESI since June 2011. I work closely with colleagues in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, as well as in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, to understand natural and man-made systems.
I am also a member of the Mathematics department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
Dr Kate Littler
I’m a palaeoclimate scientist with general interests in reconstructing ancient climates, environments and oceanography using clues in the rock record. Specifically, I examine the geochemistry of tiny microfossils and biomarkers found within marine sediment cores recovered from the bottom of the World’s oceans. One of my current research projects focuses on reconstructing the ancient Indian monsoon system, particularly how it behaved about 2.5 million years ago when the Earth was experiencing a period of major cooling and polar ice formation.
Stephen Hickman is an educationalist with over two decades of senior management experience in; marketing, distribution, inventory management and then, prior to moving into academia a long term secondment to a European IT project. After several years with the University of Greenwich (2000-2007), a subsequent role as HE Manager with Cornwall College, Stephen joined the University of Exeter Business School as interim Director for the Exeter MBA
Professor Catherine Leyshon
Catherine is a member of the Department of Geography's Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge Research Group. As a cultural geographer, Catherine's research interests all revolve around the themes of landscape, place and identity. She has researched Landscape, National Identity and Regional Identity; Geography and Film; Geography and Literature; Geography and Religion; Cultural Landscape and Climate Change; and Cultural Ecosystem Services, particularly cultural services.
Dr Garry Tregidga
Garry Tregidga was appointed Assistant Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies in October 1997 and lives in his native mid-Cornwall. His research interests include oral history, cultural memory and the political history of Cornwall since the 1880s. Publications include The Liberal Party in South West Britain since 1918: Political Decline, Dormancy and Rebirth (2000), and Killerton, Camborne and Westminster: The Political Correspondence of Sir Francis and Lady Acland, 1910-29 (2006). He is currently working on a major study of the Celtic Revival and popular culture in Cornwall before the First World War.