Staff profile

Dr Mark Bulling

Lecturer in Biological Sciences


Biomedical Health and Human Biology


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Lecturer in Biological Sciences

Teaching responsibilities

I'm module leader for the undergraduate modules 'Essential Practical Skills for Bioscience 1', 'Ecosystems' and 'Comparative Animal Physiology', and the MSc module 'Conservation Biology in Principle and Practice'.

Research interests

  1. A consistent theme in my research is the effects of the spatial configurations of the environment and the organisms within it, and how these impact on ecological processes and I have used a mixture of experimental and modelling approaches to this research. For example, I have used an individual-based spatial stochastic simulation that allows us to investigate how the territoriality of badger groups can affect the spread of bovine tuberculosis. Whereas my research into the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem processes has used an experimental mesocosm system which has allowed us to see how environmental heterogeneity can affect movement of individuals and lead to changes in ecosystem processes. With the increasing concern over the effects on ecosystem services with changing climatic conditions, this mesocosm system has allowed us to identify interactive effects between temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentrations on nutrient flux in a marine benthic environment.
  2. The continuing impact of humans on ecosystems and their consequences present a myriad of challenges that must be understood and met. A key factor in deciding on the most appropriate policy is accounting for levels of uncertainty associated with predictions. We are currently utilising the experimental data from the mesocosms to assess how variation in the data affects levels of uncertainty in predictions of levels of ecosystem process under different climatic scenarios. The management of ecosystem services involves a complex net of people and organizations over a broad range of spatial scales leading to great difficulties in deciding the most appropriate policy to adopt.
  3. Forest degradation is an often under-recognised in comparison with deforestation. I've recently collaborated with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in a study that investigated patterns of forest degradation eminating from the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. This has led to further collaboration investigating how sampling regimes can lead to biases in biodiversity indices.


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