Staff profile

Dr Andrew Ramsey

Head of Discipline Environmental Sciences

Dr Andrew Ramsey working in a lab with water crustacean.


Biology and Zoology


College of Science and Engineering


School of Built and Natural Environment

Research centre

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am an ecologist and conservation biologist and teach these specialisms at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am Programme Leader for Zoology and supervise a range of PhD students. I am also one of the research leads for 'Eco-sustainability and evolution' in the University of Derby's 'Environmental Sustainability Research Centre'.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently lead two modules consisting of  '6BY508 Wildlife Conservation' at undergraduate level and '7BY503 Tropical Conservation Biology' at postgraduate level. The latter includes the field studies program in Costa Rica.

Research interests

I am interested in using multidisciplinary approaches to research the ecology and conservation of species in cultural ecosystems; this has included the biodiversity and socioeconomic aspects of conservation in oil palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo and harvesting woodfuel on biodiversity in British Woodlands. I am also interested in conservation in freshwater systems - currently supervising two PhD students investigating ecosystem services provided by freshwater mussels, one on the detection of freshwater invasive species using eDNA techniques and one exploring microbial ecology of the uplands.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Zoological Society of London (Fellow)
  • Society for Conservation Biology 
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications 

Research qualifications

Recent conferences

International experience

I currently (2019) work closely with Colorado State University in the USA and teach on some of their summer field studies programmes in Yellowstone National Park.

Recent publications


Andrew Ramsey, Head of Discipline - Environmental Science at the University of Derby, discusses why biodiversity is of vital importance.