Dr Nicola Hemmings

School of Biosciences

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow

Dr Nicola Hemmings
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Dr Nicola Hemmings
School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN
  • Member of the APS Decolonising the Curriculum and EDI working group (2019-present)
  • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of Sheffield (2018-present)
  • Programme Lead, MSc Science Communication, University of Sheffield (2017‒2018)
  • Patrick & Irwin-Packington Research Fellow, University of Sheffield (2016)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Birkhead Lab, University of Sheffield (2011‒2016)
  • University Teaching Associate, University of Sheffield (2010‒2011)
  • PhD Behavioural Ecology, University of Sheffield (2007‒2010)
  • MBiolSci Zoology, University of Sheffield (2003‒2007)
Research interests

Nicola's research group studies how and why animals vary in their ability to reproduce, with particular focus on the causes of infertility and embryo death.


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PhD students

  • Fay Morland (2018-2022) - Royal Society-funded PhD: Factors affecting female reproductive success in wild hihi
  • Kat Assersohn (2019-2022) - NERC ACCE DTP: Female fertility in birds
  • Ashleigh Marshall (2018-2021; co-supervisor, based at ZSL with Dr Patricia Brekke) - NERC London DTP: Why do eggs fail?
Teaching activities
  • APS120 Reproduction, Growth, & Development
  • APS126 Animal Behaviour
  • APS135 Skills for Biologists
  • APS282 Talking the Talk: Getting Science on Film (course coordinator)
  • APS402/6 Level 4 Supervisor
  • APS6002 Topical Science (course coordinator)
Professional activities and memberships
  • Communications Editor, Evolution Letters (2016-present)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded 2016)
  • Student Voice Academic Awards Best Educational Event (for the University of Sheffield Schools’ Christmas Lecture 'Animal Academy') (2015)
  • Society of Biology UK Science Communicator of the Year (2014)
  • SET for Britain Awards, Houses of Parliament – Bronze Award (2013)
  • Animal and Plant Sciences Teacher of the Year, University of Sheffield (2011)