Dr Penny Neyland

Associate Professor, Biosciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 604598
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am an Ecologist and Environmental Biologist, with a specific focus on community ecology and conservation, and extensive experience in teaching and working with industrial partners. I teach and research across a range of topics from terrestrial to marine ecosystems. I am particularly interested in ecosystem services and the interactions between species and their habitats, from plants and soil, to plants and pollinators. I am also interested in carbon sequestration and restoration ecology to mitigate climate change and biodiversity losses. I am involved in a number of restoration projects, both locally and globally, including restoration of Welsh Peatlands to improve carbon storage and water retention, restoration of mangroves in the Gambia to improve coastal defences, carbon storage and food security, and I am working with the National Botanic Garden of Wales on the Biophilic Wales project to improve well-being of people, wildlife and the environment, throughout Wales.

I am primarily teaching facing, leading or contributing to several modules at undergraduate and post graduate level, as well as my role as Biosciences Programme Director, where I manage our accredited degree schemes to ensure they meet the necessary criteria.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Ecology
  • Botany
  • Conservation
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Ecosystem services
  • Fieldwork teaching

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are diverse, including botany, ecology, marine ecosystems, conservation, tropical marine ecology, ecosystems and environmental assessment and management. I am passionate about field teaching, as it develops professional and transferable skills and galvanises knowledge and understanding developed in the classroom. 


I have a diverse research background, including conservation management and ecosystem services. I study a range of organisms and habitats, including both plants and animals from coastal ecosystems and grasslands to upland bogs. As a primarily teaching facing member of staff, my main focus is delivery of high-quality teaching, but I engage in research to ensure my subject knowledge and teaching is current and research informed. 

Award Highlights

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
College of Science Teacher of the Year 2019


IUCN Welsh Peatlands Project (Sustainable Management Scheme) https://www.iucn-uk-peatlandprogramme.org/projects/welsh-peatlands-project-sustainable-management-scheme-0

National Botanic Garden of Wales Biophilic Wales Project https://botanicgarden.wales/science/biophilic-wales/