I am responsible for teaching ecology and animal behaviour within the Section of Life Sciences. I believe in involving undergraduate students in research, and actively seek ways to involve undergraduates in the research lab and in the field.
As the Erasmus co-ordinator for the department it is my job to persuade students to travel abroad and spend some of their degree studying with some of our brilliant partner universities in countries such as Spain, France, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. I travelled on Erasmus and it was life changing (in a good way!).
I have a diverse range of research and personal interests such as the ecology of invasive species, intertidal ecology and the ecology of rare species. My taxonomy specific interests include crustacea (which formed the basis for my Phd), rare mammals such as the hazel dormouse, and rare molluscs, such as the shining ramshorn snail.
Research and knowledge exchange
- Invasive species ecology
- Freshwater ecology
- Rare species ecology, including captive breeding of the shining Ramshorn Snail Segmentina nitida
Graham Earl - Ecohydrology and management of fixed sand dune systems in East Kent
Tim Smith - Ecology and distribution of Crassula helmsii in th UK
Jamie Morris - Biodiversity mapping of past megafauna in equatorial Africa
Undergraduate Internships 2012
Harriet Gausden and Dion Garrett - Ecology and captive breeding of the Shining ramshorn snail Segmentina nitida
This project was carried out with funding secured by Kent Wildlife trust from the BBC wildlife fund
Leah Lewington Pearce and Jane Adeyemi - Commercial Algae investigation
This project was funded by Algacytes, a local biotech company.
Teaching and subject expertise
Level 4: The Organism and its Environment
Level 5: Animal Care and Behaviour
Level 5: Earth as a Planetary System
Level 6: Ecology and Conservation
Level 6: Practical Ecology
2016 TEDx talk 'Invasive species release and control' at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oD45z_gMeQ
Publications and research outputs
Buckley, P. (2012) Can the effectiveness of different forms of feedback be measured? Retention and preference for written and verbal feedback in level 4 bioscience students. Journal of Biological Education. 46(4): 242-246.
Buckley, P. and Dussart, G.B.J. (2008) Filter feeding crustaceans in the Stour Estuary, Kent’ in: Child, T. and Titley, I. (2008) Current marine and coastal issues for North East Kent: proceedings of the third north east Kent coast scientific conference 9th November 2006. Natural England Research Report NERR029.
Buckley, P., Dussart, G.B.J. & Trigwell (2004) Invasion and expansion of Corophiidae (Amphipoda) in the Stour Estuary (Kent, UK). Crustaceana. 77 (4):425-433.