Dr Judith Lock BSc, MRes, PhD
Senior Teaching Fellow, Board member for Chilworth Conservation Ltd.,Board member for University Biodiversity group
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Dr Judith Lock is Senior Teaching Fellow within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.
2015-Present: Senior Teaching Fellow. University of Southampton, UK.
2010-2014: Teaching Fellow. University of Southampton, UK.
2006-2010: Senior Lecturer Animal Science. Hartpury College, Associate faculty of the University of the West of England, UK.
2005: PhD in Behavioural Ecology. University of Manchester, UK.
2001: MRes in Animal Biology. University of Manchester, UK.
2000: BSc (Hons) in Zoology. University of Manchester, UK.
I completed my BSc in Zoology at the University of Manchester in 2000. I stayed there for my postgraduate studies, completing a MRes in Animal Biology in 2001 and a PhD in 2005. My PhD investigated parent-offspring conflict and maternal effects in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides. This species provides elaborate biparental care, making them an ideal model for studying parental care. I discovered that there is a genetic coadaptation between parental care and offspring begging behaviours, ensuring that parental care matches offspring need. I also found that there is an interaction between prenatal and postnatal maternal effects, which means that parental care is able to mitigate maternal age effects on offspring development. The interaction between prenatal and postnatal effects results in transgenerational effects.
From 2005-2010 I was programme leader for BSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare at Hartpury College, associate faculty of the University of the West of England. In this teaching-focussed role I taught a variety of animal behaviour and animal welfare modules. I am interested in the use of behavioural ecology knowledge to enhance animal welfare.
I have been a teaching fellow at the University of Southampton since September 2010. My teaching is in the areas of ecology and evolution. My role also involves improving links with local organisations to promote opportunities to enhance student employability.
I am the Biological Sciences’ representative on the pale for Chilworth Conservation Ltd.