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

image of daphniaWe work on the role of foraging behaviour in the structure, dynamics and complexity of food webs, the ecology and evolution of phenotypic plasticity, and parrot conservation. We use computers and databases to study food webs, Algae and other watery things to study plasticity and parrots in the Caribbean.

Professional Activities

Editor-in-Chief, Ecology and Evolution (Wiley - BES - SSE- ESEB; 2014 - present)
External Examiner, Periodic Review, Life Sciences, University of Liverpool (2019)
External Examiner, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London (2017-2019)
Director of Recruitment, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (2018 - present)
R4All - Training and Statistics in R


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 modelling populations and conservation applications.

I also coordinate and teach APS405; APS6606; APS 6607 (Advanced Biological Analysis), a week-long intensive training module for 4th year MBiolSci students, MRes students and fist year PhD students.

I supervised level 4 MBiolSci students with project focused on food webs, phenotypic plasticity, biotechnology and conservation modelling.

Research Group


Benno Simmons (2019 - 2020)
NERC PDRA. Food Webs

Dörthe Becker (2019 - 2021)
Marie Curie Fellow. Daphnia Phenotypic Plasticity

PhD Students

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

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

Tom Lewis (2018 - 2021)
ACCE Sheffield/NERC/CASE - Chester Zoo; with Dylan Childs and Ben Hatchwell

Nathan White (2017 - 2020)
ACCE Sheffield/NERC; with Roger Butlin

Research Associates

Penelope Blyth (2019 - 2021)
NERC RA. Food Webs

MRes and MBiolSci Students

Dan Smith - Food Webs
Amelia Adamson - Parrot Conservation
Jack Smith - Algae Plasticity