Dr Dave Hodgson giving a pre-fieldtrip briefing

Dr Dave Hodgson giving a pre-fieldtrip briefing

Professor Dave Hodgson
Professor of Ecology & Associate Dean for Education


I am a quantitative ecologist, with key interests in demography, life history evolution, wildlife disease, and the interplay between ecological and evolutionary dynamics. I study the robustness of empirical models of population dynamics, with application to strategies of conservation management and the exploitation of natural resources. My goal is to lend ecology a predictive framework, and to help explain (and conserve) biodiversity. I study the evolution of structured life histories in plants and animals, with a focus on life history evolution in disturbed environments. I study wildlife disease with a focus on badgers and bovine tuberculosis. I also study the maintenance of phenotypic variation in natural systems, such as viruses in insects, antiherbivore metabolites in plants, and niche specialists in bacterial microcosms.

I am a member of the Ecology and Conservation research group.

For undergraduate and postgraduate students: My office hours for this week are Monday 1600-1700 and Thursday 1600-1700. I am also available when my door is open.


1998 PhD (Imperial - Silwood Park)
1993 BSc (Massey University, NZ)


2017-        Professor of Ecology
Associate Professor of Ecology, University of Exeter
2009-2012 Senior Lecturer in Ecology, University of Exeter
2002-2009 Lecturer in Ecology, University of Exeter
2001-2002 Post doctoral researcher: GM risk assessment. CEH Oxford
1998-2001 Postdoctoral researcher: Genotypic variation in baculoviruses. CEH Oxford




Departmental Roles:

2018-        Head of Biosciences & Geography, Penryn Campus.
2018-        Director of the Centre for Ecology & Conservation
Associate Dean for Education, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
2012-2015 Director of Education, College of Life & Environmental Sciences, Penryn Campus

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 371829
AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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