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Dr Andy Wakefield

Dr Andy Wakefield

Dr Andy Wakefield
PhD, BSc(Bristol)


Area of research

Teaching Associate

Office 2B09
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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Human-wildlife conflict, specifically the impact of light pollution on the environment.


Following on from being both an undergraduate and a postgraduate at the Univeristy of Bristol I was appointed as a Teaching Associate here in October 2015.

Prior to my PhD I worked as a science presented for Bristol-based science outreach company Explorer Dome, as well as a volunteer coordinator at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

I have been involved with numerous research and conservation projects around the world and have experience of producing promotional video content.

Once upon a time I was also a mean pizza chef!

Activities / Findings

2013 - 2016: For my PhD thesis I investigated how new technology street lights, specifically light-emitting diodes (LEDs) might be affecting insect behaviour and ecology.

2009 - 2012. Prior to my PhD I collaborated on a few different bat-related research projects based at the University of Bristol.


During the 2015/16 academic year I was unit director for second year undergraduate courses on evolution and ecology. I also taught a unit on mammal diversity and evolution. I supervise third year practical-project and literature review students as well as a fourth year MSci project student. I act as personal tutor to a number of first and second year students.


  • Street lighting
  • insects
  • LED
  • LEDs
  • moths
  • bats
  • nocturnal
  • light trapping


  • Insect identification
  • Light trapping
  • bat call recording
  • echolocation analysis.

Selected publications

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Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • NERC


Dr Wakefield currently teaches 3 courses:

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