Dr Andrew Beckerman

Dr Andrew Beckerman

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0026

Email: a.beckerman@sheffield.ac.uk

Room B82, Alfred Denny Building

Website: www.beckslab.staff.shef.ac.uk


Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2005-present)

NERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2002-2005)

NERC Postdoctoral Associate, University of Stirling (1999-2002)

PhD Yale University (1999)

MFS Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (1994)

BSc Tufts University, Massachusetts (1990)

Key Research Interests

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We link genetics, behaviour and life history to the distribution and abundance of organisms and the structure and dynamics of communities. We do so combining empirical and theoretical tools with a range of aquatic and terrestrial organisms, in the lab and in the field. Our research centres around two study systems: Predator - prey dynamics & food webs (Daphnia and Theory) and Parrot Conservation and Behaviour in Bonaire.

Professional Activities

Editor-in-Chief, Ecology and Evolution (OA Wiley 2014-present)
British Ecological Society Honorary Chair of Meetings & Council (2007-2015)
R4All - Training and Statistics in R
Associate Editor, Ecology Letters (2009-2014) and Journal of Animal Ecology (2007-2014)
NERC Peer Review College (2006-2009)


Dr Andrew Beckerman is a Senior Lecturer and the former Director of UG Admissions. He is a member of the Teaching Committee and of the Graduate Committee.

At level 1, I coordinate and teach on APS123 (Population and Community Ecology 1), based on lectures, an all day field trip and a data presentation workshop.

At Level 2, I coordinate and teach on APS273 (Population and Community Ecology 2), a course combining lectures and a variety of workshops focused on technology, modelling and applications. These modules reflect my interest in population and community ecology and ideas about how evolution shapes the interactions among species and between species and their environments.

I also coordinate and teach APS405 (Advanced Biological Analysis), a week-long intensive training module for 4th year MBiolSci students, MRes students and fist year PhD students. This module reflects my interests in computing and statistics and specifically in presenting results of research with high quality graphics.

I have supervised a number of level 4 MBiolSci students. Most work on my water flea system. Projects range from examining life history and development, through the various features of prey defences against their predators to linking animal foraging behaviour to food web structure.

Research Group

PhD Students

Nada Badruddin (2014-2017)
Malaysia FRIM: Firefly Conservation Biology:co-supervised by Karl Evans and Mike Siva-Jothy

Erika Hansson (2016-2019)
Trade-offs between resistance and defence; co-supervised by Dylan Childs

Shlair Sadeq (2014-2017)
Iraq Ministry of Education - Metal Mixtures, Predation and Foraging

Tamora James (2015-2018)
ACCE Sheffield/NERC/CASE - World Parrot Trust; with Dylan Childs and Ben Hatchwell

Sebastiana (Nell) Roccuzzo (2014-2017)
BioHybrid Network (Joint with Dr Jags Pandhal, CBE) - Engineering Algae Communities for Industry


Alison Blake

MRes and MBiolSci Students

Tom Clegg (food webs)
Sam Paplauskas (candidate genes for inducible defences)
Catriona Jones (water hardness and phosphorous)
Richard Mills (copper and predation)