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Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Dr Richard Cook

School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Deputy Head of School


My interests in ecology and environmental protection were developed during an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control and a PhD in the ecological control of agricultural pests at the University of Manchester. Much of my research has focussed on manipulating the environment and behaviour of invertebrate pests, but my interests have also expanded to low temperature physiology of molluscs and the molecular mechanisms involved in molluscan immunity.

I joined Kingston University in 1996 as a lecturer, and became Course Director for Biology the following year. My main teaching responsibilities have revolved around ecology and invertebrate zoology, but also include research methods, statistics and genetics. I have also taken an interest in developing modules and courses to maintain the currency of the School's provision. In 2005, I was appointed Field leader for Biosciences with particular responsibilities for course development and quality assurance. I was subsequently appointed Deputy Head of Life Sciences in 2009.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 1993 - 1996 PhD Applied Ecology
  • 1991 - 1992 MSc Pollution & Environmental Protection
  • 1988 - 1991 BSc Hons Zoology

Research Interests

Sustainable agricultural techniques, involving ecological methods of pest mollusc control, reduced chemical inputs and maintenance of soil quality.
Molluscan feeding behaviour, examining the roles of nutrition, learning and physiology.
Cold hardiness of terrestrial molluscs at sub-zero temperatures: physiology, behaviour and ecology.
Molecular aspects of molluscan immunity in response to parasite infection.

Teaching Area

Lecturer in invertebrate biology, genetics, environmental physiology, marine and freshwater ecology, aquatic vertebrate biology, and research methods and skills (statistics).

Other Professional Activity

Member of The British Ecological Society (BES)
Member of The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
Membership Secretary of The Malacological Society of London
Fellow, Higher Education Academy


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