Areas of Expertise

  • Animal locomotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Respirometry
  • Comparative morphology


  1. Codd, J., Rose, K., Tickle, P., Sellers, W., Brocklehurst, R., Elsey, R., Crossley, D. A novel accessory respiratory muscle in the American alligator ( Alligator mississippiensis ) Biology Letters 15 7 20190354
  2. Peyer, K., Brassey, C., Rose, K., Sellers, W. Locomotion pattern and foot pressure adjustments during gentle turns in healthy subjects Journal of Biomechanics 60 65 71
  3. Rose, K., Codd, J., Nudds, R. Differential sex-specific walking kinematics in leghorn chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) selectively bred for different body size The Journal of Experimental Biology 219 16 2525 2533
  4. Rose, K., Bates, K., Nudds, R., Codd, J., Rose, K. Ontogeny of sex differences in the energetics and kinematics of terrestrial locomotion in leghorn chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) Scientific Reports 6 1
  5. Rose, K., Nudds, R., Codd, J. Variety, sex and ontogenetic differences in the pelvic limb muscle architectural properties of leghorn chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) and their links with locomotor performance Journal of Anatomy 228 6 952 964

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  • BIO012 Foundation Biology

    This module will provide the learner with a detailed and holistic overview of life on earth and includes a range of subject matter including evolution, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, as well as behaviour, ecology and conservation. The module is supported by two practicals that aim to build core skills required within the field of biology including identification skills, field based sampling, and numerical skills.

  • BIO229 Tetrapod Evolution

    This module follows on from the introduction to vertebrates in the Level 4 Animal Diversity, Form and Function module, providing detail on form and function in vertebrates that spend all or part of their life cycle on land. Aspects of tetrapod behaviour, morphology and physiology will be considered in terms of adaptation and evolutionary constraint. Practicals will provide an introduction to the anatomy of birds and mammals by means of dissection, inference of the phylogenetic relationships between avian species, and an exploration of how beak morphology affects ecological niche in birds. Overall, students will gain an appreciation of the diversity of tetrapod types and an insight into the fundamental importance of metabolic rate in animals.

  • BIO325 Physics for Biologists

    This module will examine how physics governs much of what we observe in the way vertebrates are built and how they react according to circumstance. It will become apparent that comprehension of physics is key to enhanced analysis, synthesis and evaluation of much of vertebrate biology.

  • BIOM34 Research Project in Environmental Biology

    In this module the students will learn how to: * perform a literature search in order to establish what has already been published in the selected subject area * appreciate the safety considerations of scientific research by completing appropriate audits of the materials and methods involved * investigate a problem in environmental biology in which hypotheses can be generated and tested with the application of appropriate statistical analysis * acquire a range of skills in the conduct of scientific research * integrate material from the literature with the results obtained from the research carried out into an effective dissertation * present their proposed methods and main results to peers


  • Head bobbing energetics in the Starred Agama. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Kevin Arbuckle
  • Understanding spatial energetics in breeding male Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • Untethered wind tunnel wake respirometry as a method for quantifying avian breathing characteristics (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Emily Shepard
  • Using tri-axial accelerometry to investigate inter-individual differences in courtship display effort: an example in the male Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Emily Shepard