Sally Luker
PhD researcher


Being rather prone to sticking my head amongst the leaves of trees, bushes and plants, I have been a keen natural historian since childhood.  Having had the opportunity to study avian biology, ecology and behaviour, followed by conservation biology/ecology, I am now thoroughly enjoying embracing my inner-nerdiness by investigating how non-native species of the entomological variety interact in native food-webs/interaction networks.

I am also an ardent biological recorder, specialising in invertebrates and plants but covering all taxonomic groupings.  I have a strong leaning towards the application of such knowledge and research to UK biodiversity conservation issues, and am an active member of a number of national and local special interest groups, including Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Forum for Biological Recorders (CISFBR), National Forum for Biological Recording (NFBR), and The British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS).

Broad research specialisms:

  • Entomology
  • Invertebrate ecology
  • Conservation ecology
  • Non-native species
  • Insect-plant relationships


1994 BA (Hons) Music (Bath Spa University)
2008 FdSc Animal Science (Bird Biology) (University of Plymouth) (Distinction)
2009 BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology & Ecology (University of Exeter) (1st Class)

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