Evolution, behaviour and environment

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Prof Fiona Mathews

Post:Professor of Environmental Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment)
Location:JMS BUILDING 5B16

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877135
International:+44 1273 877135
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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.


Professor of Environmental Biology