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Dr Dave Skingsley

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education

Background

I have spent the majority of my working life, so far, in higher education. During that time I have developed a deep, and abiding, passion for making the things I enjoy about biology accessible to as many people as possible. My first degree was in the science of how organisms work (Leeds University). This lead on to my doctoral work in understanding how the brain works (University of Sussex), which in turn lead on to post doctoral work on vision at Cambridge University (Department of Zoology). I am currently a Senior lecturer at Staffordshire University (0.8) and Faculty Disability Co-ordinator (0.2). As well as my scientific research into mucus I have also research areas of disability and education. In my spare time I am involved with recording natural history in Staffordshire and Cheshire. I have an international presence as the Bugbotherer (www.bugbotherer.org.uk)

Publications

Learning & Teaching
Skingsley DR, Merry S and Orsmond P. The role of second year laboratory based group work in undergraduate project preparation. Proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference 2009. http://www.bioscience.heacademy.ac.uk/ftp/events/sltc09/presentations/o6skingsley.pdf
Skingsley, D., Bradley, EJ, and Nolan, P. Neuropharmacology and Mental Health Nurse Prescribers. Journal of Clinical Nursing 15(8):989-997 (2006)

Mucus
Skingsley DR. Investigation of mucus using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Spectroscopy Europe 22(1):10-13 (2010) http://www.spectroscopyeurope.com/articles/55-articles/2327-investigation-of-mucus-using-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
Skingsley, D.R., White A.J. and Weston A. Analysis of Pulmonate mucus by infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 66: 363-371 (2000)

Invertebrate Studies
Smith P.J. and Skingsley D.R. Oil beetles (Col: Meloidae) on the soft cliffs of Prawle Point, South Devon. Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society 66(474):188-194 (2007)