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Kathryn Arnold
Reader in Ecology



For 20+ years, I have been working at the intersection of science, policy and regulation. As an academic in the UK and Australia, I have held a variety of positions including a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Since joining the University of York in 2010, I have been studying the responses of animals to environmental and social perturbations, by collaborating widely across disciplines and working on a diversity of systems. My research group is currently investigating the effects of environmental change, including chemical contaminants and habitat management, on ecologically relevant endpoints in vertebrates. This involves integrating ideas and approaches from ecology, conservation physiology and ecotoxicology.

For my BSc (Hons), I studied Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK. I completed my PhD in Zoology and first post-doctoral research position at the University of Queensland, Australia. Then I moved to the University of Glasgow as a researcher before joining the University of York. Currently, I am a Reader in Ecology in the Department of Environment and Geography.

In September 2020, I will finish a two year secondment at Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). As head of the Resources and Waste Transition Strategy Team at Defra, I have helped develop the UK’s strategy for No Deal contingency planning for the sector. When I return to the University, I will take up the role of Dean of the York Graduate Research School.


PhD Zoology University of Queensland, Australia
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences University of East Anglia, UK

University roles

⦁ Dean of York Graduate Research School
⦁ Chair of Graduate Research School Board and all its sub-committees
⦁ University Research Committee
⦁ Special Cases Committee
⦁ Standing Committee on Assessment
⦁ Employability Strategy Group
⦁ International Committee

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Contact details

Dr Kathryn Arnold
Senior Lecturer in Ecology
Department of Environment and Geography
Wentworth Way, University of York
YO10 5NG

Tel: 01904 322997
Fax: 01904 322998