Dr Julie Peacock


I am a teaching focused lecturer in Plant Ecology and Global Change at the University of Leeds and was awarded a University Student Education Fellowship in 2017. My discipline interests have focused on plant life histories and how plants have responded to global climate change, carrying out fieldwork both in the UK and the tropics. In my research now I am interested learning outside the classroom, both through making fieldwork accessible to all students and through work based learning.

I am a committee member of the British Ecological Society’s Teaching and Learning SIG, a Editorial Board Member for GEOverse, a journal of undergraduate research in Geography and was recently on the organising committee of the 8th Enhancing Fieldwork Learning showcase.

I worked for five years at the Higher Education Academy promoting learning and teaching in Higher Education nationally across the STEM subjects and had the privilege of being involved with many innovative teaching and learning projects.





  • Co-Leader: Exploring the Sciences Discovery Theme

Research interests

Plant ecology

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  • PhD Biology University of York
  • BSc (Hons) 1st Class Plant Biology, University of Wales, Bangor

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Member of the British Ecological Society

Student education

I am the Co-Leader for the Exploring the Sciences Discovery Theme.  I hold a University Student Education Fellowship for excellence in teaching and support for student learning.

I am a member of the University of Leeds Bioscience Education Research Group (ULBERG)

I currently contribute to:

GEOG1045 Living Planet

GEOG2095: Skills for Physical Geographers

GEOG2090 Climate Systems

GEOG3520: Work Placement Co-operative Project

GEOG3600: Dissertation

I attend the first year Malham residential fieldtrip and the second year Alps fieldtrip.

I also teach on the Faculty of Biological Sciences Taught Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation

Research groups and institutes

  • Ecology and Global Change

Current postgraduate researchers

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