Dr Moya Burns is co-lead for the Environmental Change and Loss research challenge in the Institute for Environmental Futures. Dr Burns' work encompasses interdisciplinary themes around ecology, psychology and pedagogy. She is interested in exploring how citizen science can be imbedded in teaching to generate data which addresses current environmental challenges, whilst also enabling students to gain authentic experience in research and ecological survey skills. With colleagues in psychology Dr Burns works on a number of projects which explore the potential wellbeing benefits of citizen science approaches on students and members of the public. Dr Burns embeds her teaching and research around applied ecological questions on topics such as improving urban biodiversity, forest restoration and river restoration with collaborators from Saving Saffron Brook, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife trust, The National Forest, Earthwatch and Twycross Zoo.
Williams, M., Adeney Thomas, J., Brown, G., Pathak, M., Burns, M., Steffen, W., Clarkson, J., Zalasiewicz, J. 2022. 'Mutualistic Cities of the Near Future', in Adeney Thomas, J. (ed,), Altered Earth: Getting the Anthropocene Right. Polity Books.
Cooke, J., Araya, Y., Bacon, K.L., Bagniewska, J.M., Batty, L.C., Bishop, T.R., Burns, M., Charalambous, M., Daversa, D.R., Dougherty, L.R. and Dyson, M., 2021. Teaching and learning in ecology: a horizon scan of emerging challenges and solutions. Oikos, 130(1), pp.15-28.
Forest ecology: In particular the role of deadwood in biodiversity enrichment and carbon cycling.
Integrating citizen science, pedagogy and wellbeing.
Urban ecology: In particular the impacts of artificial lighting at night on bats and invertebrates.
Dr Burns teaches across Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences and Geography, and is programme lead for the Natural Sciences (Zoological and Ecological Science) stream.
Dr Burns convenes courses in global change biology and conservation, behavioural ecology, field biology and statistics.