Dr Sara Goodacre

Dr Sara Goodacre
School of Life Sciences
+44 (0)115 8230334

Expertise summary

Dr Goodacre is the Nottingham lead for Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) which is a citizen science project aimed at engaging people of all ages to learn about and interact with the outdoor environment. It teaches people about how to identify species such as beetles and worms, and how to use lichens as indicators of air quality.

Previous TV appearances have included BBC 4's Spider house, broadcast in autumn 2014 and the One Show which filmed Dr Goodacre on two occasions - spider sailing and spiders flying, respectively. Dr Goodacre also assisted Tiger Productions film the Galapagos Attenborough series and with ITV's Bear Grylls series within the UK.

Examples of other media include The Guardian's Ask An Expert on why spiders stick to walls and ceilings; BBC science Welcome to the spider lab and BBC world service radio interview Sail away spider.

Dr Goodacre is very happy to help give spiders some positive press and often comments on 'false widow' stories, trying to dispel some of the unwarranted fear about these creatures.

Sara Goodacre

Areas of expertise

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Media Relations - External Relations

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