Staff profile

Dr Louise Robinson

Programme Leader Forensic Science with Psychology


Forensic Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


Natural Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Psychology and teach on the Forensic Science programmes, as well as courses within the Department of Biosceinces. I gained my undergraduate degree in Forensic Biology from the University of Liverpool and I received a PhD from the University of Chester in the field of Molecular Biology, looking at genetic identification of a critically endangered species. My research crosses both Conservation and Wildlife Forensics, with an interest in wildlife crime awareness and Forensic Entomology.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching focuses on Molecular Biology content within core Genetics modules as well as Forensic Science applications, especially within the field of Wildlife Forensics.

I teach on the following modules:

I also supervise research projects on MSc Conservation Biology and MRes Biological Science.

Professional interests

After joining the University of Derby in 2012, I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013 and was appointed programme leader of Forensic Science with Psychology in 2014. Throughout my time at Derby I have been eager to identify alternate methods of delivery in both lecture theatres and laboratories, which has seen the use of interactive software, real world learning experiences and gamification.

Research interests

With a research background investigating a critically endangered species, my research centres around Conservation and Wildlife Forensics. I am eager to collaborate with local authorities and national agencies in order to identify key issues faced by Wildlife Crime Officers and how they may be overcome. I am currently investigating the recording of wildlife crime and possible ways to improve monitoring within police forces. I also have an interest in Forensic Entomology, specifically factors which effect entomological growth within an indoor environment and how this may effect estimations of minimum post mortem interval.

My pedagogic interests fall within the area of gamification and how games can be implemented within a teaching environment to improve enagagement and retention of material. I have developed a number of in-class exercises and a table top game which are currently used within my teaching.

PhD Supervision

I am currently co-supervising a project on environmental DNA for the identification of species of conservation concern.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualification

Research qualification

Recent conferences

Pedagogic events

Wildlife Crime events

Recent publications