I started at Bangor University, as a teaching-focused lecturer in zoology, in 2014. My research background is in amphibian biology and biomechanics and I contribute sessions drawing on this expertise to modules compulsory to our unique 'Zoology with Herpetology' degree. As a biomechanicist, I am particularly fascinated by the links between form and function as it applies across a whole range of organisms, meaning my interests are broad, so I am able to contribute to a wide range of modules across the biology, zoology and marine zoology degrees (see Teaching and Supervision link).
As a teaching and scholarship lecturer, I am also interested in pedagogical approaches to teaching zoology. Both at Glasgow, where I started teaching, and at Bangor I have been mainly involved in teaching in a large-class environment, with particular focus on the first year. I was awarded a teaching excellence award in 2008 in recognition of “effective, responsive and creative approaches to administering, teaching and supporting the learning of a large group of students in their first year at University”. I completed a PGCHE in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2009 and have been a Fellow of the HEA since 2014.
Name Joanna Smith
Position Lecturer in Zoology
Phone +44 (0)1248 38 2298
Location Memorial Building
BNS-1002 Organismal Diversity
Contribute teaching to:
BSX-2021 Bioscience Skills
BSX-2022 Vertebrate Biology
BSX-2025 Field Courses (Local)
BSX-2025 Field Courses (India)
BSX-2028 Introduction to Herpetology
BSX-2030 Integrated Zoology
BNS-3001/3 Freshwater Ecosystems
BSX-3158 Advances in Herpetology
Previous teaching on:
BSX-1027 Comparative Zoology
ONS-1001 Introductory Research Skills
BSX-3151 Animal Design
I supervise ~10 UG dissertation students a year, and have co-supervised MScRes students.