Dr Charles Deeming

    Principal Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Life Sciences
    College of Science

    About Charles Deeming

    I studied for my PhD at the University of Reading followed by a postdoctoral Research position studying the effects of temperature of sex and development of Alligator mississippiensis at the University of Manchester. Thereafter, I worked in a bird zoo, for a commercial incubator manufacturer and on an ostrich farm. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln I was a self-employed consultant to the poultry industry. I joined the University of Lincoln as a casual hours lecturer and gained a permanent position in 2007.

    Department Responsibilities

    Programme Leader for Zoology
    Chairman of Learning, Teaching and Assessment committee
    Member of External Examiners’ committee

    Subject Specialism

    Avian and Reptilian Reproduction


    • PhD. The physiological basis of egg turning in birds. University of Reading — University of Reading, 1990
    • BSc. (Hons) Applied Biology, with specialisation in Animal Physiology and Ecology, University of Bat — University of Bath, 1984


    • 2002 - Winner of the Ignobel Prize for Biology

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member of Society for Biology
    • Member of the BTO
    • Member of the Mammal Society
    • Editor-in-Chief of Avian Biology Research

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Development and growth of domestic duck legs — Awarded £5,000 by Emma Atkinson started working towards her MSc by Research in October 2016
    • Nest function in warblers — Amy Dickinson started working towards her MSc by Research in October 2016
    • Effects of hedgerow maturity on invertebrate abundance and diversity — Sophie Bennett was awarded her PhD 2015
    • Study of the ecological factors affecting wing shape idragonflies — Robert Schwar started his MSc by Research in October 2016,
    • The functional properties of bird nests - an investigation into the thermal and biomechanical properties of various types of nests. — Lucia Biddle is working towards her PhD in nest biology
    • Evolution of reproduction in extinct amniotes. — In conjuction with Dr Dave Unwin (University of Leicester) and other colleagues
    • Evolution of diversity of stereospondyl amphibians — Samantha Penrice started her PhD studies with Marcello Ruta and me in September 2013
    • Effects of phylogeny on pelvis morphology in birds — Matt Anten-Houston was awarded his MSc by research in 2015
    • Population dynamics of newt populations — Mark Edwards was awarded his MSc by research in April 2015
    • Breeding ecology of Blue Tits and Great Tits - how do sympatric species separate spatially? — Part of long-term breeding study at Riseholme Park
    • Effects of temperature on sperm morphology in Callosobruchus maculatus — Ram Vasudeva completed his PhD in March 2014 - project in conjunction with Paul Eady
    • Effect of temperature and diet on reproduction in Callosobruchus maculatus — Rachel Farrow completed an MSc by research in conjunction with Paul Eady in 2016
    • Breeding ecology of the song birds of Treswell Wood Nature Reserve — In conjunction with Chris du Feu and the Treswell Wood Ringers Group
    • Thermal dynamics of bird nests in situ — In conjunction with Tom Pike
    • Population monitoring of common bream in the River Witham, Lincolnshire — Chris Gardener completed his PhD in February 2014

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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