Dr Alex Dunhill

I’ve been fascinated by the natural world ever since watching David Attenborough documentaries and visiting the Natural History Museum as a small child. I always enjoyed geography and science subjects at school went on the study Environmental Science as an undergraduate. I was delighted to join the University of Leeds in 2014. As it is one of the largest and most successful Earth and Environment Schools in the UK it allowed me to be part of a department that plays a key role in tackling some of the biggest environmental challenges we face today.

As well as being Programme Leader for Environmental Science, I am also a Lecturer in Palaeobiology. My research focuses on climate-driven mass extinctions through geological time and what they can tell us about current and future climatic changes and the global biodiversity crisis. My research in mass extinctions also features in the teaching that I deliver in the Environmental Science programme and I always welcome opportunities for Environmental Science students to work on extinction-focused topics with me for their final year dissertations.

I became Programme Leader for Environmental Science in 2021 having been Admissions Tutor for the same course since 2018. I am always so proud of the achievements of our undergraduates. In the school our top priority is to give our students the best possible education. We are all determined that research excellence translates into the most up-to-date degree programmes possible to help our students achieve the very best of their potential and to help shape and protect the environment for future generations.

If you have any programme specific questions please contact me via email: a.dunhill@leeds.ac.uk