Watch this video: Dr Fiona Mathews works on the interactions between mammals and their environment.

Dr Andy Young
Dr Andy Young has particular interests in reproductive conflict, dispersal tactics and cooperative behaviour in vertebrates.
Professor Rick Titball's research interests include molecular biology of bacterial pathogens of humans and animals.

Research groups

The complementary expertise of our staff ensures a vibrant, collaborative research culture. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 evidenced world-leading and internationally excellent research in all Bioscience research groupings. We have three research groups on the Streatham Campus in Exeter and three groups based at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall. Academics collaborate across our campuses, and much of our research is interdisciplinary, working with other academics across the University of Exeter and in external research networks.

Research groups based at the Streatham Campus, Exeter:

Research groups based at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall:

We also have a research strength on Biodiversity and Renewable Energy, Human Biological and Cultural Evolution and have established a Wildlife Research Co-Operative.

Cross discipline research group:


Substantial funding comes from the UK research councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and NERC); governmental and intergovernmental agencies in the UK and USA (Darwin Initiative, DEFRA, FERA, Dstl, Environment Agency, FCO, NIH, DTRA); the EU; charities (Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, RSPB) and from commercial sponsors  (Syngenta, Schlumberger, Shell Global Solutions).


Our staff regularly publish papers in Nature, Science and PNAS and other peer-reviewed journals, and our academics' research often features in the wider media. Find out more about individual publications on our staff profile pages.

Research themes

Systems biology and climate change and sustainable futures are over-arching themes directing research within the discipline. These areas of research are highly relevant to modern times and affect people globally; our world-leading research aims to help tackle the issues involved in these areas by using an interdisciplinary approach, combining researchers’ skills across the University.