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Amanda Callaghan

Portrait of Amanda Callaghan
  • Professor of Invertebrate Zoology
  • Curator of the Cole Museum of Zoology
  • School Director of Recruitment and Admissions
  • University Lead Environmental Sustainability Strategy (Education) 

Postgraduate supervision

PhD supervisor of:

  • Daniel Smith (QMEE NERC based at Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)
  • Lewis Yardy (self-funded)
  • Dominic Brass (QMEE NERC based at Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)
  • Alex Vaux (Wilkie Calvert/Public Health England)


  • 2016-2020 Dr Ross Cuthbert registered Queens University Belfast with Prof Jaimie Dick
  • 2014-2019 Dr Rana Al-Jaibachi Jordan, self-funded
  • 2013-2017 Dr Natali Ortiz Columbia govt
  • 2010-2015 Dr Susannah Townroe NERC
  • 2006-2007 Dr Neal Sorokin NERC
  • 2006-2010 Dr Chris Hill with Richard Sibly NERC
  • 2005-2008 Dr Lars Heckman with Richard Sibly Zeneca/Syngenta
  • 2003-2007 Dr David Gwynn with Mark Fellowes Reading Funding RETF
  • 2002- 2009 Dr Gregory Thomas Canada, self-funded
  • 2002-2007 Dr David Buss UK, self-funded
  • 2001-2004 Dr Melanie Andrews (with external Graham Moores) Lawes Trust with Rothamsted Research
  • 1999-2003 Dr Liane B. Printes Brazilian Government
  • 1999-2002 Professor Richard Connon NERC-funded tied
  • 1997-2001 Dr Elaine Gould UoR
  • 1996-2000 Dr Mandla Mpho with Graham Holloway University of Botswana
  • 1994 -1998 Dr David Head Wellcome Trust
  • 1993 -1997 Dr Nteba Makate University of Botswana
  • 1993-1997 Dr V.R. Subramaniam Felix Scholarship
  • 1992 -1996 Dr Penny J.A.N. Parker NERC
  • 1992 -1997 Dr Naima M. Laias Libyan Government
  • 1991 -1994 Dr Andy Spencer SERC CASE Central Science Laboratories


Part 1 module coordinator BI1EAB1 Animal Diversity


Research centres and groups


Impact, Enterprise and Outreach

  • Interviews for broadcast and print media on mosquito research and the Cole Museum
  • Co-author of Garden Entomology, popular science booklets for the Royal Entomological Society 

Research projects

  • British mosquito ecology and control
  • Microplastics in freshwater invertebrates
  • Ecotoxicology in freshwater invertebrates
  • Pond dyes

Awards and honours

Esteem Factors

  • External examining of undergraduate degrees and PhDs
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Biology
  • Fellow, Royal Entomological Society
  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Panel of Advisers (for 3-6 years) who advise on both PGR and PGT scholarships 2016-2019
  • Former editor of Antenna, bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society
  • Invited lectures on Learning Gain nationally

Professional bodies/affiliations

International Collaborators

  • Dr Tatenda Dalu, University of Venda, South Africa
  • Dr Olajire Gbaye, Federal University of Akure, Nigeria
  • Dr Richard Connon, University of California, Davis

National Collaborators

  • Dr Steven White and Dr Beth Purse, (CEH Wallingford)
  • Professor Jaimie Dick (Queens University Belfast)
  • Dr Jolyon Medlock, Public Health England