Dr Fiona Mathews
Associate Professor in Mammalian Biology


The modern environment is changing rapidly. Growing populations bring increasing demands for housing, transport and energy; and even apparently ‘green’ areas have changed unimaginably since the 1940s, responding to the need for more – and cheaper – food. My work investigates the profound effects these changes can have on wildlife and human populations. Working in close partnerships with practitioners, I seek practical solutions that can contribute to a more sustainable future. Recent projects include research to quantify the hazards posed to bats by wind turbines; work on the negative (and sometimes positive) effects of roads and street-lighting for wildlife; and assessing the opportunities to improve the control of bovine turberculosis in badgers and cattle through the management of farm landscapes.

Recognising that human health is also inextricably linked to our natural environment, I also conduct epidemiological research, most recently on the impacts of high frequency electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones on reproductive health.

I am a member of the Environmental Biology research group and am based at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Ecology
  • Epidemiology
  • Reproductive biology
  • Landscape ecology and habitat fragmentation
  • Conservation biology


1992 BA (Hons) Pure and Applied Biology 1st Class ( Christ Church, Oxford)
1992 MA (Christ Church, Oxford)
1997 D.Phil (St. John’s College, Oxford): Maternal environment and fetal growth

Fellow of Higher Education Academy


2007-present Associate Professor in Mammalian Biology, Exeter University
2003-2007 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, Oxford University
2001-2003 College Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Christ Church, Oxford University.
1998-2000 Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University and Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, Oxford University.
1993-1997 Research Assistant, Division of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Oxford University

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 3406
AddressHatherly Building
University of Exeter
Prince of Wales Road

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