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Research interests

I am a conservation ecologist, with particular research interests in behavioural ecology, conservation physiology and bioacoustics.

Current Research Projects:

Conserving endangered rhinos in South Africa

Context-specific vocal communication in the White-handed gibbons

Building a future for Malagasy Amphibians

Scholarly biography

I graduated with a First Class (Hons) BSc in Biological Science from the University of Bristol in 2011. My subsequent master’s degree in ecology and conservation was jointly supervised by University of Bristol and Bristol Zoological Society. This research focused on how amphibian populations are affected by anthropogenic disturbance, and was conducted in conjunction with an EAZA-funded conservation project to survey Madagascar’s herpetofauna and identify actions to protect it. Following this, I worked as a research assistant for the University of Neuchâtel, studying context-specific vocal communication in white-handed gibbons in Thailand in 2014, before joining the University of Brighton’s Rhino Conservation project in 2015 as a PhD student.

Approach to teaching

I teach across a range of biological sciences pathways with a focus on conservation, ecology and quantitative methods. This includes the teaching of students on Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, specifically those undertaking degrees in Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences, Ecology, and Pharmacy. 

Much of my teaching focuses on research methods and data analysis, particularly the teaching of statistics to biological and biomedical science students (Modules: Foundation Study Skills, Essential Skills For Bioscientists; Research skills and professional development).

I teach across a range of biological displicines including in both terrestrial and marine ecology, behavioural ecology and wildlife conservation (Modules: Foundation Biology; Diversity of Life; Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology; Introduction to Ecology & Conservation; Terrestrial Ecosystems; Introduction to Marine Biology and Ecology; Managing Populations in Ecology and Conservation; Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems; Hot Topics in Ecology & Conservation; Issues in Ecology and Conservation). I am also involved with project supervision (MRes Research Project).


Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Bristol

1 Oct 20111 Jun 2013

Bachelor, University of Bristol

1 Oct 20081 Jul 2011

PhD, University of Brighton

1 Oct 20151 Oct 2019


  • QL Zoology
  • Ecology

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Research Output 2014 2019

Using drones and sirens to elicit avoidance behaviour in white rhinoceros as an anti-poaching tactic

Penny, S., White, R., Scott, D., MacTavish, L. M. & Pernetta, A., 17 Jul 2019, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 286, 1907, p. 20191135 20191135.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
drones (insects)
avoidance behavior
honey bees

Combining old and new evidence to increase the known biodiversity value of the Sahamalaza Peninsula, Northwest Madagascar

Penny, S. G., Crottini, A., Andreone, F., Bellati, A., Rakotozafy, L. M. S., Holderied, M. W., Schwitzer, C. & Rosa, G. M., 22 Dec 2017, In : Contributions to Zoology. 86, 4, p. 273-295 23 p., 86.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ribosomal RNA

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer had a very bioluminescent nose. A reply to van der Hoven et al. 2012

Crooks, N., Marriott, C., Clifforth, H. R., Ahmed, Z. A., Xhikola, A., Penny, S. G. & Pernetta, A., 18 Dec 2017, In : Deinsea. 17, p. 39-42 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
nasal mucosa
cooling systems
Rangifer tarandus

A new species of the Boophis rappiodes group (Anura, Mantellidae) from the Sahamalaza Peninsula, northwest Madagascar, with acoustic monitoring of its nocturnal calling activity

Penny, S. G., Andreone, F., Crottini, A., Holderied, M. W., Rakotozafy, L. S., Schwitzer, C. & Rosa, G. M., 18 Aug 2014, In : Zookeys. 435, p. 111-132 22 p., 435.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
nocturnal activity

Activities 2015 2019

  • 4 Publication Peer-review
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

European Journal of Wildlife Research (Journal)

Samuel Penny (Reviewer)
15 Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Animal Conservation (Journal)

Samuel Penny (Reviewer)
23 Sep 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Student Conference on Conservation Science

Samuel Penny (Participant)
25 Mar 201928 Mar 2019

Activity: EventsConference

The impacts of dehorning on the southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)

Samuel Penny (Presenter), Rachel White (Presenter), Dawn Scott (Presenter), Angelo Pernetta (Presenter)
14 Nov 2016

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation