Staff Profile


Dr Chris Harvey

Learning and Teaching Environment Director

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 921888

Profile summary

I am a Senior Lecturer in Biology in the School of Psychology and Life Sciences (PLS) at Canterbury Christ Church University (North Holmes Road Campus), where I currently teach on modules from Level 4 through to Level 6.

Before joining Canterbury Christ Church University in 2012, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM). I obtained a PhD in ecology at NUIM in 2011. Both my postdoctoral and PhD research was focused on risk assessment of insect-killing nematodes and fungi that are used as biological control agents against insect pests. In addition, I hold a Masters level degree in Biology with an emphasis on animal and plant physiological ecology from the University of Tübingen, Germany (Biologie Diplom, 2007), where I also completed my undergraduate studies.

I am the Programme Advocate for the BSc Biology Programme and available to answer any questions relating to that programme.

Currently I am the module lead on the final year Honours Project modules for programmes in the biosciences suite and I also teach on a number of other modules, including the core first year (Level 4) module 'Diversity of Life'.   

In my role as Director of Learning and Teaching Environment for PLS I also support colleagues in their development as teachers and drive initiatives to enhance Learning and Teaching across the School in support of the TEF.  

My current academic interests include freshwater ecology, biological control and invertebrate biology and behaviour.

Research and knowledge exchange

I have supervised PhD and MSc (by research) students on a range of projects, most recently on the population ecology of a rare freshwater snail, Segmentina nitida. I have also worked with industry collaborators and partners in the horticultural sector to address biological questions relating to crop production. 

My research experience ranges from sampling soil and wood in the field to using molecular techniques used in the laboratory. The research I have supervised on the population ecology of S. nitida involved field sampling in the UK and Europe and the use of nuclear and microsatellite DNA markers as well as 2D and 3D shape analysis of snail shells.  For my research on biological control with entomopathogenic nematodes, I used a variety of laboratory- and field-based experimental approaches. 

I am currently interested in continuing research on the population genetics of S. nitida across Europe and investigating various methods for optimising the efficacy of entomopathogenic biocontrol agents and the behaviour of nematodes and insects. This includes the study of stress on the behaviour of entomopathogenic nematodes and other genetic and epigenetic factors that may influence their ability to infect and kill insect pests.

Teaching and subject expertise

I have taught on modules ranging from Level 0 (Foundation Year) to Level 7 (taught MSc and MSc by research) and have developed online resources and videos to support student learning as part of the Sciences Toolkit available to all students on Life Science programmes.  

As the School Director of Learning and Teaching Environment I currently represent the School on the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee and have acted as an external reviewer for programme validations and partnership agreements at other Universities.    

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and mentor colleagues working towards HEA fellowship. I have presented at national learning and teaching conferences and have contributed to pedagogic research funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) to develop learning and teaching tools to support student reflection and learning through self-assessment.

External activities

Conference presentations (last 3 years):

Harvey, C. D. (2019). ‘Case studies on conservation and ecology.‘ Royal Entomological Society South East Meeting. University of Greenwich, UK; 9th of January 2019.

Harvey, C. D. (2018). ‘The Traffic Lights Toolkit: A brief introduction.’ Medway Festival of Learning. Medway, UK; 13th of September 2018.

Harvey, C. D. & Byrne, L. (2017) ‘Integrating teaching and research in the undergraduate curriculum to produce industry-ready science graduates‘. HEA STEM Conference: Achieving Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Manchester, UK; 1st and 2nd of February 2017.

Harvey, C. D. & McCormick, M. (2016) ‘Supporting reflective learning and development in students across disciplines using the Traffic Lights Tool’. CCCU Annual Learning and Teaching Conference (Canterbury, UK; 30th of June 2016)

Publications and research outputs

Hobbs, C.S., Vega, R., Rahman F., Horsburgh, G. J., Dawson, D. A. & Harvey, C.D., 2021 (in press). Population genetics and geometric morphometrics of freshwater snail Segmentina nitida reveal cryptic sympatric species of conservation value in Europe. Conservation Genetics. Springer

Hobbs, C.S. & Harvey, C.D., 2020. Evaluating washing and sifting methods for sampling gastropods in freshwater vegetation samples. Journal of Molluscan Studies86(2), pp.139-146.

Harvey, C. D., Williams, C. D., Dillon, A. B., & Griffin, C. T. (2016) Inundative pest control: How risky is it? A case study using entomopathogenic nematodes in a forest ecosystem. Forest Ecology and Management, 380, 242-251.

Harvey, C. D. & Griffin, C. T. (2016) Local host-dependent persistence of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae used to control the large pine weevil Hylobius abietis. BioControl, 61(2), 185-193.

Harvey, C. (2015) Integrated pest management in temperate horticulture - seeing the wood for the trees. CAB Reviews, 10 (028). pp. 1-13.

Williams, C., Dillon, A., Harvey, C. D., Hennessy, R., Namara, L. and Griffin, C. (2013) Control of a major pest of forestry, Hylobius abietis, with entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi using eradicant and prophylactic strategies. Forest Ecology and Management, 305. pp. 212-222.

Harvey, C. D. and Griffin, C. T. (2012) Host activity and wasp experience affect parasitoid wasp foraging behaviour and oviposition on nematode-infected larvae of the forestry pest Hylobius abietis. Ecological Entomology, 37 (4). pp. 269-282. ISSN 1365-2311.

Harvey, C. D., Alameen, K. and Griffin, C. T. (2012) 12) The impact of entomopathogenic nematodes on a non-target, service-providing longhorn beetle is limited by targeted application when controlling forestry pest Hylobius abietis. Biological Control, 62 (3). 173 - 182. ISSN 1049-9644.


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