Dr Jonathan Bennie is a researcher based at the Environment and Sustainability Institute on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus. He is also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter.
He is currently working on a project to assess the ecological effects of night-time light pollution. As part of a research group, he looks at how species interact with their light environment, and the consequences of this for ecosystems.
“Light pollution” – unwanted artificial light at night – masks our view of the natural night sky. But it also affects wildlife in a number of ways, from the familiar to the unexpected. Research on Goonhilly Downs is helping us to understand some of the ways that artificial light at night affects plants and animals.
3:30pm in the Happidrome.
Image credits: Dr Jonathan Bennie/ESI