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

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dörthe Becker
DFG (Germany) funded project on the molecular basis of phenotypic plasticity

PhD Students

Mohammad Ali (2012-2015)
Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research - Food Webs and Larval Fish Growth

David Russo (2012-2015)
CBE PhD (Joint with Dr Jags Pandhal, CBE) - Microbial Function in Engineered Communities

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

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