BA (Biological Sciences), PGCE, MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)
Beth attained her Bachelors in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, based at New College. Following this, she gained teaching experience with primary school children, receiving a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Oxford Brookes University.
Her DPhil in Zoology was based in the Silk Group looking at spider and silkworm silks as biological materials. Her research is at the interface of physics, engineering and biology, using physical sciences techniques to help answer biological questions. In particular, Beth has focussed on the mechanical and vibrational properties of silks: including the forced reeling of silkworms, silks under high-rate impact and the sonic properties of silks (see publications).
Beth's collaborators include the Engineering Department at Oxford, the Department for Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield, as well as the department for Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
Beth is currently Access and Career Development Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. Her Fellowship will look at how different animals use vibrations through materials as sensory information. She has current projects looking at spiders and their webs, stink bugs and plants and elephants and the natural environment. She uses two kinds of laser vibrometer for her experiments.
Beth also has been lecturer of Biological Sciences at Jesus College (2012-2014), teaching first year Zoology tutorials and Biomechanics. She currently lectures on both the Sensory Ecology and Biomechanics third year modules. She has participated in a range of outreach and public engagement activities.
As Access Fellow, Beth is also now employed to reach out to a broader range of potential undergraduate Oxford applicants through an academic-led programme of activities. Please see her page at Jesus College for more details.
See also: links to webpages for Jesus College and Zoology Department.