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Dr Judith E Lock BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD, PGCHE

Principal Teaching Fellow, MRes Wildlife Conservation Programme Manager, Board member for Chilworth Conservation Ltd., Board member for University Biodiversity group, Principal Investigator: Education in the Green Space

Dr Judith E Lock

Dr Judith Lock is Principal Teaching Fellow in Ecology and Evolution within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. She joined the University of Southampton in September 2010, building a national and international reputation for curriculum innovative, including the development and now management of a collaborative provision MRes in Wildlife Conservation, with Marwell Wildlife. This is a unique programme in the UK, with the aim of training the next generation of conservation biologists.

Judith has also implemented innovation within the undergraduate programmes within Biological Sciences, including: enhancing our first year field course to Spain (BIOL1001 Experimental & Field Biology), through the use of iPads and an iBook; developing two more field course modules; developing two behavioural ecology modules.

Career History

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.

Academic qualifications

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.

Research interests

Judith’s research expertise are in behavioural ecology, conservation biology and their interface. Her postgraduate students are working on a project with Marwell Wildlife, to reintroduce sand lizards to a site in North Hampshire. Judith is also developing her pedagogical research through the Researching Assessment Practices group at the University.

Judith has attracted funding to support public engagement activities, under the umbrella of Southampton BioBlitz. In summer 2016 “Zebraversity challenge” ran weekly events in Southampton city centre, at our sponsored sculpture in Marwell Wildlife’s “zany zebras” sculpture trail. We also visited local schools, running BioBlitzes in their school grounds. Funding for these activities came from the Education Enhancement fund and Public Engagement with Research unit. In 2017, funding from NERC’s Public Engagement pilot allowed us to further investigate barriers and solutions to education in the green spaces for the teachers of Southampton.

PhD Supervision

Richard Sands: The population ecology of oak processionary moth in semi-natural woodland. Forestry Commission.

Rachel Gardner: Reintroducing the sand lizard Lacerta agilis to heathland sites: individual differences, habitat suitability and the optimisation of post-release monitoring 

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Research project(s)

Optimisation of reintroduction protocol for cryptic species: reintroducing the sand lizard Lacerta agilis to a lowland heath site

Programme Leader

MRes Wildlife Conservation

Module Co-ordinator

BIOL1001 Experimental & Field Ecology
BIOL1003 Ecology & Evolution
BIOL2039 Animal Behaviour
BIOL2041 New Forest Field Course
BIOL3072 Behavioural Ecology
BIOL6048 Wildlife Conservation: principles and disciplines
BIOL6049 Fieldwork: before, during and after
BIOL6050 Techniques in Monitoring and surveying
BIOL6051 MRes Wildlife Conservation Research Project
BIOL6054 Techniques and Theory of Field Biology


BIOL2001 Evolution


BIOL3061 Field Research Project
BIOL3062 Short Field Research Project
BIOL6051 MRes Wildlife Conservation Project

Other Teaching related responsibilities

1st and 2nd year tutorials

University of Southampton

Programme leader MRes Wildlife Conservation, in collaboration with Dr Heidi Mitchell at Marwell Wildlife
Deputy Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee for Biological Sciences
Chair of MRes Wildlife Conservation operational committee
Member of University of Southampton Biodiversity Committee
Member of Biological Sciences’ Education & Quality Committee
Member of Biological Sciences’ Graduate School Committee
Researching Assessment Practices Group Biological Sciences representative
Board member of Chilworth Conservation Ltd.
External examiner at Hartpury College (associate faculty of University of the West of England)
Member of the organisation committee Southampton BioBlitz

Professional memberships

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour 
British Ecological Society 
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Royal Society of Biology

Dr Judith E Lock
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 85/6041

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