Dr Alan Gunn

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Journal article

Gunn A. 2020. The colonisation of remains by the sarcophagid fly Sarcophaga argyrostoma (Robineau-Desvoidy) (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 315 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Pitt SJ, Hawthorne JA, Garcia-Maya M, Alexandrovich A, Symonds RC, Gunn A. 2019. Identification and characterisation of anti - Pseudomonas aeruginosa proteins in mucus of the brown garden snail, Cornu aspersum British Journal of Biomedical Science, 76 :129-136 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Gunn A. 2016. The colonisation of remains by the muscid flies Muscina stabulans (Fallén) and Muscina prolapsa (Harris) (Diptera: Muscidae). FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 266 :349-356 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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

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 Author Url Publisher Url

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 Publisher Url

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

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 Author Url Publisher Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url

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

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

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 use of mustard to estimate earthworm populations Pedobiologia, 36 :65-67

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

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

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

Books (authored)

Gunn A. 2019. Essential Forensic Biology, 3rd Edition Wiley 978-1-119-14140-2

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

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. 2016

Bristol Grammar School, Bristol, Lecture on forensic entomology, Lecture, A level students, 43, Invited speaker. 2015


Fellow, Royal Entomological Society.

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, British Ecological Society.

Member, Society for Applied Microbiology.

Member, Society for Chemical Industry.

Member, Society for Chemical Industry.

Member, Society of General Microbiology.