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Dr Sarah Hodge

Dr Sarah Hodge

Senior Lecturer in Zoology

 01326 370724

 Daphne du Maurier 3064

 

Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

My office hours in Term 1 2018 are below, but please knock any time

Tuesdays 1-2pm (office hour for specific questions about Study Abroad)

Tuesdays 4-5pm (all students)

Fridays 10-11am (all students)

Please also note that I work part time. My work days are Tuesday-Friday 9-3pm

Dr Sarah Hodge in the field

Dr Sarah Hodge in the field

Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer in Biosciences at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus and am heavily involved in both undergraduate and MSc teaching. As joint Director of Eduction for Biosciences and Geography on this campus, I am responsible for overseeing our programmes and ensuring that the student experience is as good as it can possibly be. I also work closely with our employability lead to help our students get their chosen job after graduation.

As Study Abroad programme lead, I look after students enrolled on our 4 year 'with study abroad' programmes. Students study at a range of institutions in Australia, North America, Asia and Europe during their third year. I also look after students choosing to study with us from other institutions.

Qualifications

2012: Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2004: PhD University of Cambridge

1996: BSc University of Bristol

Career

2012-present: Senior Lecturer, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter

2012 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2010-2012: Lecturer, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter

2008-2010: NERC funded post doc, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter “Reproductive conflict in the cooperatively breeding banded mongoose” with Dr Mike Cant.

2004-2008: NERC funded post doc, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. “Intrasexual selection and reproductive strategies in cooperative meerkats” with Prof Tim Clutton-Brock.

2000-2004: PhD Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. “The evolution of cooperation in the communal breeding banded mongoose”

 

Mongoose huddle

Mongoose huddle

Research

Research interests

My research background lies in understanding the causes and consequences of conflict over reproduction in cooperative animal societies. In particular, I am interested in understanding how conflicts over reproduction are resolved, and the consequences that variation in reproductive skew has for the extent that individuals cooperate and compete. Much of my research to date has used a combination of field experiments and long term life-history data in two cooperative mammal species, the high-skew meerkat (Suricatta suricata) and the low-skew banded mongoose (Mungos mungo).

I also have an interest in conservation, and have run a number of projects investigating the impacts of human activities on British mammal populations. These include projects studying the influence of habitat management on harvest mice, water shrews, hedgehogs and small mammal populations in general. These projects are largely conducted alongside undergraduate and masters students.

Research networks


Mike Cant, University of Exeter
Tim Clutton-Brock, University of Cambridge
Andy Young, University of Exeter
Andy Russell, University of Exeter
Goran Spong, University of Umea
Alex Thornton, University of Exeter
Matt Bell, University of Edinburgh
Hazel Nichols, Liverpool John Moores University
 

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Thompson FJ, Cant MA, Marshall HH, Vitikainen, Sanderson JL, Nichols HJ, Gilchrist JS, Bell MBV, Hodge SJ, Young AJ, et al (2017). Explaining negative kin discrimination in a cooperative mammal society. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA Full text.
Cant MA, Nichols, HJ, Johnstone, RA, Hodge SJ (2014). Policing of reproduction by hidden threats in a cooperative mammal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 111, 326-330.
Bell MBV, Nichols HJ, Gilchrist JS, Cant MA, Hodge SJ (2012). The cost of dominance: suppressing subordinate reproduction affects the reproductive success of dominant female banded mongooses. Proc Biol Sci, 279(1728), 619-624. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hodge SJ, Bell MBV, Cant MA (2011). Reproductive competition and the evolution of extreme birth synchrony in a cooperative mammal. Biol Lett, 7(1), 54-56. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hodge SJ, Bell MBV, Mwanguhya F, Kyabulima S, Waldick RC, Russell AF (2009). Maternal weight, offspring competitive ability, and the evolution of communal breeding. Behavioral Ecology, 20(4), 729-735. Abstract.
Hodge SJ, Manica A, Flower TP, Clutton-Brock TH (2008). Determinants of reproductive success in dominant female meerkats. J Anim Ecol, 77(1), 92-102. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Vitikainen EIK, Marshall HH, Thompson FJ, Sanderson JL, Bell MBV, Gilchrist JS, Hodge SJ, Nichols HJ, Cant MA (2017). Biased escorts: offspring sex, not relatedness explains alloparental care patterns in a cooperative breeder. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Abstract.  Full text.
Thompson FJ, Cant MA, Marshall HH, Vitikainen, Sanderson JL, Nichols HJ, Gilchrist JS, Bell MBV, Hodge SJ, Young AJ, et al (2017). Explaining negative kin discrimination in a cooperative mammal society. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA Full text.
Vitikainen EIK, Cant MA, Sanderson JL, Mitchell C, Nichols HJ, Marshall HH, Thompson FJ, Gilchrist JS, Hodge SJ, Johnstone RA, et al (2016). Evidence of oxidative shielding of offspring in a wild mammal. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Inzani E, Marshall HH, Sanderson JL, Nichols HJ, Thompson FJ, Kalema-Zikusoka G, Hodge SJ, Cant MA, Vitikainen EIK (2016). Female reproductive competition explains variation in prenatal investment in wild banded mongooses. Scientific Reports, 6 Abstract.  Full text.
Thompson F, Marshall HH, Sanderson JL, Vitikainen EIK, Nichols HJ, Gilchrist J, Young AJ, Hodge SJ, Cant MA (2016). Reproductive competition triggers mass eviction in cooperative banded mongooses. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences Full text.
Sanderson JL, Stott I, Young AJ, Vitikainen E, Hodge SJ, Cant MA (2015). The origins of consistent individual differences in cooperation in wild banded mongooses. Animal Behaviour
Sanderson JL, Young AJ, Hodge SJ, Kyabulima S, Walker S, Cant MA (2014). Hormonal mediation of a carry-over effect in a wild cooperative mammal. Functional Ecology
Cant MA, Nichols, HJ, Johnstone, RA, Hodge SJ (2014). Policing of reproduction by hidden threats in a cooperative mammal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 111, 326-330.
Nichols HJ, Bell MBV, Hodge SJ, Cant MA (2012). Resource limitation moderates the adaptive suppression of subordinate breeding in a cooperatively breeding mongoose. Behavioral Ecology, 23(3), 635-642. Abstract.
Bell MBV, Nichols HJ, Gilchrist JS, Cant MA, Hodge SJ (2012). The cost of dominance: suppressing subordinate reproduction affects the reproductive success of dominant female banded mongooses. Proc Biol Sci, 279(1728), 619-624. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hodge SJ, Bell MBV, Cant MA (2011). Reproductive competition and the evolution of extreme birth synchrony in a cooperative mammal. Biol Lett, 7(1), 54-56. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clutton-Brock TH, Hodge SJ, Flower TP, Spong G, Young AJ (2010). Adaptive suppression of subordinate reproduction in cooperative mammals. American Naturalist, 176, 664-673.
Cant MA, Hodge SJ, Bell MBV, Gilchrist JS, Nichols HJ (2010). Reproductive control via eviction (but not the threat of eviction) in banded mongooses. Proc Biol Sci, 277(1691), 2219-2226. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nichols HJ, Amos W, Cant MA, MBV B, Hodge SJ (2010). Top males gain high reproductive success by guarding more successful females in a cooperatively breeding mongoose. Animal Behaviour, 80, 649-657.
Hodge SJ, Thornton A, Flower TP, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Food limitation increases aggression in juvenile meerkats. Behavioral Ecology, 20(5), 930-935. Abstract.
Hodge SJ, Bell MBV, Mwanguhya F, Kyabulima S, Waldick RC, Russell AF (2009). Maternal weight, offspring competitive ability, and the evolution of communal breeding. Behavioral Ecology, 20(4), 729-735. Abstract.
Thornton A, Hodge SJ (2009). The development of foraging microhabitat preferences in meerkats. Behavioral Ecology, 20(1), 103-110. Abstract.
Hodge SJ, Manica A, Flower TP, Clutton-Brock TH (2008). Determinants of reproductive success in dominant female meerkats. J Anim Ecol, 77(1), 92-102. Abstract.  Author URL.
Spong GF, Hodge SJ, Young AJ, Clutton-Brock TH (2008). Factors affecting the reproductive success of dominant male meerkats. Mol Ecol, 17(9), 2287-2299. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clutton-Brock TH, Hodge SJ, Flower TP (2008). Group size and the suppression of subordinate reproduction in Kalahari meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 76(3), 689-700. Abstract.
Hodge SJ (2007). Counting the costs: the evolution of male-biased care in the cooperatively breeding banded mongoose. Animal Behaviour, 74(4), 911-919. Abstract.
Hodge SJ, Flower TP, Clutton-Brock TH (2007). Offspring competition and helper associations in cooperative meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 74(4), 957-964. Abstract.
Clutton-Brock TH, Hodge SJ, Spong G, Russell AF, Jordan NR, Bennett NC, Sharpe LL, Manser MB (2006). Intrasexual competition and sexual selection in cooperative mammals. Nature, 444(7122), 1065-1068. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hodge SJ (2005). Helpers benefit offspring in both the short and long-term in the cooperatively breeding banded mongoose. Proc Biol Sci, 272(1580), 2479-2484. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Hodge SJ (2009). Understanding variation in reproductive skew: directions for future empirical research. In Hager, R, Jones C (Eds.) Reproductive skew in vertebrates; proximate and ultimate causes, Cambridge University Press, 439-466.

Publications by year


2017

Vitikainen EIK, Marshall HH, Thompson FJ, Sanderson JL, Bell MBV, Gilchrist JS, Hodge SJ, Nichols HJ, Cant MA (2017). Biased escorts: offspring sex, not relatedness explains alloparental care patterns in a cooperative breeder. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Abstract.  Full text.
Thompson FJ, Cant MA, Marshall HH, Vitikainen, Sanderson JL, Nichols HJ, Gilchrist JS, Bell MBV, Hodge SJ, Young AJ, et al (2017). Explaining negative kin discrimination in a cooperative mammal society. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA Full text.

2016

Vitikainen EIK, Cant MA, Sanderson JL, Mitchell C, Nichols HJ, Marshall HH, Thompson FJ, Gilchrist JS, Hodge SJ, Johnstone RA, et al (2016). Evidence of oxidative shielding of offspring in a wild mammal. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Inzani E, Marshall HH, Sanderson JL, Nichols HJ, Thompson FJ, Kalema-Zikusoka G, Hodge SJ, Cant MA, Vitikainen EIK (2016). Female reproductive competition explains variation in prenatal investment in wild banded mongooses. Scientific Reports, 6 Abstract.  Full text.
Thompson F, Marshall HH, Sanderson JL, Vitikainen EIK, Nichols HJ, Gilchrist J, Young AJ, Hodge SJ, Cant MA (2016). Reproductive competition triggers mass eviction in cooperative banded mongooses. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences Full text.

2015

Sanderson JL, Stott I, Young AJ, Vitikainen E, Hodge SJ, Cant MA (2015). The origins of consistent individual differences in cooperation in wild banded mongooses. Animal Behaviour

2014

Sanderson JL, Young AJ, Hodge SJ, Kyabulima S, Walker S, Cant MA (2014). Hormonal mediation of a carry-over effect in a wild cooperative mammal. Functional Ecology
Cant MA, Nichols, HJ, Johnstone, RA, Hodge SJ (2014). Policing of reproduction by hidden threats in a cooperative mammal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 111, 326-330.

2012

Nichols HJ, Bell MBV, Hodge SJ, Cant MA (2012). Resource limitation moderates the adaptive suppression of subordinate breeding in a cooperatively breeding mongoose. Behavioral Ecology, 23(3), 635-642. Abstract.
Bell MBV, Nichols HJ, Gilchrist JS, Cant MA, Hodge SJ (2012). The cost of dominance: suppressing subordinate reproduction affects the reproductive success of dominant female banded mongooses. Proc Biol Sci, 279(1728), 619-624. Abstract.  Author URL.

2011

Hodge SJ, Bell MBV, Cant MA (2011). Reproductive competition and the evolution of extreme birth synchrony in a cooperative mammal. Biol Lett, 7(1), 54-56. Abstract.  Author URL.

2010

Clutton-Brock TH, Hodge SJ, Flower TP, Spong G, Young AJ (2010). Adaptive suppression of subordinate reproduction in cooperative mammals. American Naturalist, 176, 664-673.
Cant MA, Hodge SJ, Bell MBV, Gilchrist JS, Nichols HJ (2010). Reproductive control via eviction (but not the threat of eviction) in banded mongooses. Proc Biol Sci, 277(1691), 2219-2226. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nichols HJ, Amos W, Cant MA, MBV B, Hodge SJ (2010). Top males gain high reproductive success by guarding more successful females in a cooperatively breeding mongoose. Animal Behaviour, 80, 649-657.

2009

Hodge SJ, Thornton A, Flower TP, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Food limitation increases aggression in juvenile meerkats. Behavioral Ecology, 20(5), 930-935. Abstract.
Hodge SJ, Bell MBV, Mwanguhya F, Kyabulima S, Waldick RC, Russell AF (2009). Maternal weight, offspring competitive ability, and the evolution of communal breeding. Behavioral Ecology, 20(4), 729-735. Abstract.
Thornton A, Hodge SJ (2009). The development of foraging microhabitat preferences in meerkats. Behavioral Ecology, 20(1), 103-110. Abstract.
Hodge SJ (2009). Understanding variation in reproductive skew: directions for future empirical research. In Hager, R, Jones C (Eds.) Reproductive skew in vertebrates; proximate and ultimate causes, Cambridge University Press, 439-466.

2008

Hodge SJ, Manica A, Flower TP, Clutton-Brock TH (2008). Determinants of reproductive success in dominant female meerkats. J Anim Ecol, 77(1), 92-102. Abstract.  Author URL.
Spong GF, Hodge SJ, Young AJ, Clutton-Brock TH (2008). Factors affecting the reproductive success of dominant male meerkats. Mol Ecol, 17(9), 2287-2299. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clutton-Brock TH, Hodge SJ, Flower TP (2008). Group size and the suppression of subordinate reproduction in Kalahari meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 76(3), 689-700. Abstract.

2007

Hodge SJ (2007). Counting the costs: the evolution of male-biased care in the cooperatively breeding banded mongoose. Animal Behaviour, 74(4), 911-919. Abstract.
Hodge SJ, Flower TP, Clutton-Brock TH (2007). Offspring competition and helper associations in cooperative meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 74(4), 957-964. Abstract.

2006

Clutton-Brock TH, Hodge SJ, Spong G, Russell AF, Jordan NR, Bennett NC, Sharpe LL, Manser MB (2006). Intrasexual competition and sexual selection in cooperative mammals. Nature, 444(7122), 1065-1068. Abstract.  Author URL.

2005

Hodge SJ (2005). Helpers benefit offspring in both the short and long-term in the cooperatively breeding banded mongoose. Proc Biol Sci, 272(1580), 2479-2484. Abstract.  Author URL.

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Teaching

I teach the following modules

  • LES3001 Preparing to Graduate (coordinator)
  • BIO3400 Living in Groups (coordinator)
  • BIO3407 Literature review in Evolution & Ecology (coordinator)

I also coordinate the Study Abroad programme and act as joint Director of Education for Biosciences and Geography on the Cornwall campus

 

Modules

2018/19


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