Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Alan Gunn

Dr Alan Gunn

Telephone: 0151 231 2209


Journal article

Gunn A. 2018. The exploitation of fresh remains by Dermestes maculatus De Geer (Coleoptera, Dermestidae) and their ability to cause a localised and prolonged increase in temperature above ambient Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 59 :20-29 >DOI >Link

Gunn A. 2016. The colonisation of remains by the muscid flies Muscina stabulans (Fallen) and Muscina prolapsa (Harris) (Diptera: Muscidae) FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 266 :349-356 >DOI >Link

Gunn A, Pitt SJ, Graham MA, Dedi CG, Taylor-Harris PM. 2015. Antimicrobial properties of mucus from the brown garden snail Helix aspersa British Journal of Biomedical Science, 72 :174-181

Gunn A, Pitt SJ. 2012. Microbes as forensic indicators TROPICAL BIOMEDICINE, 29 :311-330 >Link

Pitt SJ, Gunn A. 2012. Contribution of bacteriology to forensic investigations Biomedical Scientist, 56 :458-464

Gunn A, Bird J. 2011. The ability of the blowflies Calliphora vomitoria (Linnaeus), Calliphora vicina (Rob-Desvoidy) and Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and the muscid flies Muscina stabulans (Fallén) and Muscina prolapsa (Harris) (Diptera: Muscidae) to colonise buried remains. Forensic Sci Int, 207 :198-204 >DOI >Link

Gunn A. 2010. Application of virology to forensic science Biomedical Scientist, 54 :341-347

Pitt SJ, Gunn A. 2004. The value of computer-based formative assessment in undergraduate biological science teaching Bioscience Education Electronic Journal, 3

Gunn A, Pitt SJ. 2003. The effectiveness of computer-based teaching packages in supporting student learning of parasitology. Bioscience Education Electronic Journal, 1

Bowen-Walker PL, Gunn A. 2001. The effect of the ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor on adult worker honeybee (Apis mellifera) emergence weights, water, protein, carbohydrate, and lipid levels ENTOMOLOGIA EXPERIMENTALIS ET APPLICATA, 101 :207-217 >DOI >Link

Bowen-Walker PL, Martin SJ, Gunn A. 1999. The transmission of deformed wing virus between honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) by the ectoparasitic mite varroa jacobsoni Oud J Invertebr Pathol, 73 :101-106 >DOI >Link

Bowen-Walker PL, Gunn A. 1998. Inter-host transfer and survival of Varroa jacobsoni under simulated and natural winter conditions JOURNAL OF APICULTURAL RESEARCH, 37 :199-204 >DOI >Link

Reeson AF, Wilson K, Gunn A, Hails RS, Goulson D. 1998. Baculovirus resistance in the noctuid Spodoptera exempta is phenotypically plastic and responds to population density PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 265 :1787-1791 >DOI >Link

Gunn A. 1998. The determination of larval phase coloration in the African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta and its consequences for thermoregulation and protection from UV light ENTOMOLOGIA EXPERIMENTALIS ET APPLICATA, 86 :125-133 >DOI >Link

BowenWalker PL, Martin SJ, Gunn A. 1997. Preferential distribution of the parasitic mite, Varroa jacobsoni Oud on overwintering honeybee (Apis mellifera L) workers and changes in the level of parasitism PARASITOLOGY, 114 :151-157 >DOI >Link

Wilson JK, Gunn A, Cherrett JM. 1995. The application of a rhizotron to study the subterranean effects of pesticides. Pedobiologia, 39 :132-143


Gunn A, Gatehouse AG. 1993. The migration syndrome in the African armyworm moth Spodoptera exempta: allocation of resources to flight and reproduction. Physiological Entomology, 18 :149-159

Gunn A, Cherrett JM. 1993. The exploitation of food resources by soil meso- and macroinvertebrates. Pedobiologia, 37 :303-320

Gunn A. 1992. The use of mustard to estimate earthworm populations Pedobiologia, 36 :65-67

Gunn A. 1992. The biology of Campodea lankestri (Silvestri) (Diplura) and its importance in the soil food web. The Entomologist, 111 :201-209

Gunn A. 1992. The ecology of the introduced slug Boettgerilla pallens (Simroth) in North Wales. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 58 :449-453

Gunn A. 1991. Estimating earthworm populations. School Science Review, 72 :87-87

Gunn A. 1988. The development of the enzymes involved in flight muscle metabolism in Spodoptera exempta and Mythimna separata. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 91B :315-324

Gunn A, Gatehouse AG. 1987. The influence of larval phase on metabolic reserves, fecundity and lifespan of the African armyworm Spodoptera exempta (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Bulletin of Entomological Research, 77 :651-660

Canning EU, Gunn A. 1984. Nosema helminthorum (Moniez, 1887) (Microspora, Nosematidae): a taxonomic enigma. Journal of Protozoology, 31 :525-531

Gunn A. 1983. Moniezia expansa: The interproglottidal glands and their secretions. Journal of Helminthology, 57 :51-58

Gunn, A. 1983. Nosema helminthorum hyperparasitic in Moniezia expansa: Two parasites or one dimorphic species? Parasitology, 81 :v-v1

Gunn A, Probert AJ. 1981. Moniezia expansa: The subcellular distribution and kinetic properties of acetylcholinesterase and the effect of inhibitors and anthelmintics. Experimental Parasitology, 53 :373-381

Gunn A. 1980. A case of Ascaris suum infection in lambs Veterinary Record, 107 :581-581


Gunn A, Pitt SJ. 2012. Parasitology Wiley-Blackwell 9780470684245

Gunn A. 2009. Essential Forensic Biology Wiley 9780470758045

Gunn A. 2006. Essential forensic biology Wiley 9780470012765

Engagement & Impact

Public engagement:

Runshaw College, Leyland, Lancashire, Lecture on the use of maggots and leeches in medicine to College students, Lecture, A level and BTEC students, 62, Invited Speaker 27/01/2016

Bristol Grammar School, Bristol, Lecture on forensic entomology, Lecture, A level students, 43, Invited speaker 06/02/2015

Editorial boards:

Tropical Biomedicine, Member of Editorial Board


Fellow, Royal Entomological Society

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Society for Chemical Industry

Member, Society for Applied Microbiology

Member, Society of General Microbiology

Member, Society for Chemical Industry

Member, British Ecological Society