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Dr Richard Halfpenny

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


Having spent 16 years working in a business setting I returned to university where I studied my PhD on the species discrimination of cryptic Culex mosquito species using non-molecular methods, and their olfactory mediated sugar feeding behaviour. Throughout my PhD I was involved in teaching and developed a genuine love of those interactions with students, which I am delighted to continue as a lecturer.

I now teach levels 4 through 8 across a range of modules in the biosciences. I am actively working on various research projects and am a member of the Microplastics Research Group, the Green Wall Centre Research Group and the Invertebrate Research Group at Staffordshire University.


“Why Mosquitoes bite some people more than others” 2018

“Feeding mosquitoes sugar makes them less likely to bite – but don’t go leaving out sugary treats just yet” 2019

“How to survive university – top tips for new students” 2019

Conference Presentation “The Global Change Challenge” 3rd February 2020 STEM 2020 Advance HE conference

Poster titled: “Do Aedes aegypti teneral reserves affect antennal response to host and floral odours as measured by GC-EAG?” 20-22nd August 2019 ENTO 19 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Conference presentation “Do Aedes aegypti teneral reserves affect antennal response to host and floral odours as measured by GC-EAG?” given by my intern student Steven Lloyd-Jones. 20-22nd August 2019 ENTO 19 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Presented a technology enhanced learning (TEL) talk about mine and my colleagues’ use of Microsoft Sway to deliver and coordinate bidirectional teaching with our students. 21st February 2018 Royal Society of Biology, Heads of University Biosciences Workshop – University of Reading

Presented a talk titled “Olfactory mediated behaviour of Culex pipiens s.s. and Culex torrentium in relation to volatile organic chemical emissions of selected Apiaceae flowers.” 24th May 2017 Postgraduate research conference – Staffordshire University

Presented “British Mosquitoes: Their ecology and the role of olfaction in their sugar feeding behaviour” 12th February 2016 Royal Entomological Society PG Forum – Harper Adams University

Presented “Air, Odours and Excitement: On the Design and Build of a Dual Choice Olfactometer” 8th August 2014 10th European Congress of Entomology – University of York