Dr Nicole Goodey Biosciences lecturer
Daphne du Maurier 3083
Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
I am a lecturer at the Exeter University (Penryn campus). I am very passionate about teaching, and teach across a broad range of first, second and third year undergraduate modules including: Invertebrate Zoology, Key Skills, Biodiversity and Conservation, Sensory Ecology and Living in Groups, and the South Africa and Yukon fieldcourses. I am especially interested in finding novel and engaging ways to communicate science to university students, and to the wider community.
I am a post graduate mentor, member of the Equality and Diversity Working Group and member of the West Cornwall British Science Association. I have extensive experience acting as a peer coach, mentor and supervisor for undergraduate students. I also develop and implement regular science outreach and communication initiatives, including a popular science radio show.
My research background is in the ecology of species interactions, in particular trait mediated plant-insect interactions. My research interests range from the maintenance of phenotypic variation in natural systems, and the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of closely linked species.
- Plant ecology
- Phenotypic diversity in natural populations
- Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of species interactions
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The dynamics of species interactions
I find studying species interactions fascinating; particularly between ecological closely linked organisms such as plants and their herbivorous insects, and parasites and their hosts. Currently I am investigating the intracellular bacterium Wolbachia, which distorts the sex ratio of its arthropod hosts to maximize its transmission through generations, and its role in national declines of Lepidoptera. By surveying Wolbachia strains across taxonomic Families in spatially replicated moth assemblages across the UK, I am exploring whether geographical co-occurrence or phylogenetic relatedness, or both, predict the observed association between Wolbachia strain and host species.
But, horizontal transmission between host species is possible and could be devastating to naïve populations of butterflies and moths. We have found that a local assemblage of moths shares the same strain of Wolbachia across several taxonomic Families. We will survey Wolbachia strains in spatially replicated moth assemblages across the UK. This will tease apart the relative influence of horizontal and vertical transmission on Wolbachia prevalence and diversity, and identify the role of Wolbachia in national declines of Lepidoptera.
Collaborations: Prof Dave Hodgson
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External Engagement and Impact
Co-presenter and manager for Cornwall’s Science Sessions, Pirate FM 2016
Co-presenter and manager for Cornwall’s Science Sessions, Source FM 2017
Teaching is my primary focus and passion, and I currently teach across the following modules:
- Invertebrate Zoology (BIO1418)
- Key Skills (BIO1417)
- Introduction to Ecology and Conservation (BIO1408)
- Biodiversity and Conservation (BIO2406)
- Biology of Mammals (BIO2431)
- Sensory Ecology (BIO3410)
- Living in Groups (BIO3400)
- South Africa fieldcourse (BIO3122)
- Yukon-Alaska Fieldcourse (BIO 3419)
For students who wish to contact me you can:
- Email me to arrange a suitable day/time
- Call in to my office (3083 in DM) on Monday between 1-2pm, or Tuesday between 11am-12pm