Richard Halfpenny

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer Biological Sciences.

Course leader for BSc (Hons) Digital Life Sciences

School of Life Sciences and Education

About Me

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.



BSc (Hons) Biology. Staffordshire University
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education. Staffordshire University

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Member of the Royal Entomological Society
  • Member of the British Ecological Society
  • Member of the Entomological Society of America

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Member of the Staffordshire University Arthropod Specimen Identification Service Team supporting the MOD in identification of potential disease vectors.

Research Interests

Current research is focussed on the olfactory mediated feeding behaviour of mosquitoes.
The identification of sibling and cryptic mosquito species using semi-automated numerical morphometric techniques.

Current Teaching

  • Level 4 Structure and Function, Comparative Behaviour

  • Level 5 Adaptation and Survival, Behaviour

  • Level 6 Applied Entomology, Current Advances in the Biosciences

  • Level 7 Advanced Research Methods



Richard Halfpenny
Lecturer Biological Science
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
R111, Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294891