Invertebrate Research Group (IRG)



The Invertebrate Research Group is a cross-disciplinary group made of experts in forensics, geography and biology with expertise in invertebrate biology and its various impacts and interactions with society.

Our aim

The action/interaction of invertebrates with human health and food has a global value of billions of pounds. Investigation into invertebrate biology ranging from behaviour and identification to landscape effects enables the support of those invertebrates that are beneficial to society while controlling, or eradicating, those that are pests. The IRG is uniquely positioned to investigate the impacts of invertebrates from social value (green lanes with Prof John Dover) to molecular characterisation (ERG analysis of chemosensation in mosquitos with Dr Richard Halfpenny).

Group leader

Dr Dave Skingsley

Senior Lecturer

Dave is a entomologist with an background in physiology and pharmacology of invertebrates. He lectures at all levels of Biology.

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Researchers within Invertebrate Research Group (IRG)

Dr Angela Priestman

Head Of Department - Biological Sciences

Angela has a number of research specialisms, including Biochemistry of Haematophagous insect cuticular lipid, Semiochemicals in mating recognition and choice, and Mosquito biology with special interest in British mosquito ecology and behaviour.

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Dr Richard Halfpenny

Senior Lecturer

Richard spent 16 years working in a business setting before returning to university studying a PhD on the species discrimination of cryptic Culex mosquito species using non-molecular methods, and their olfactory mediated sugar feeding behaviou…

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Dr Eleanor Atkins


Dr Chloe Heys


Lecturer in Microbiology

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Dr Laura Walton-Williams

Director Of Business & Enterprise

Laura has been a lecturer at Staffordshire University since 2004. Actively involved in research in forensic science, she also conducts consultancy in the examination of evidence of a biological origin. Laura's areas of expertise include DNA an…

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Dr Claire Gwinnett

Professor (Tef)

I am a Professor in Forensic and Environmental Science. I specialise in forensic fibres analysis, mircoplastics and plastic pollution, hair analysis, paint analysis and glass analysis.

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Dr Paul Barratt

Senior Lecturer

Paul is a cultural geographer with research interests focusing on environmental engagements, low carbon living and working, and qualitative research methods.

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Dr Ruth Swetnam


Ruth is a GIS specialist. Her research interests lie in the fields of landscape ecology, historical geography, land use change and environmental information. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer in GIS.

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