Barbara Tigar

Dr. Barbara Tigar

Lecturer in Environmental Biology and Ecology

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Kirkham Building, KM124

+44 (0) 1772 89 3497

Subject Areas: Biosciences, Forensic Science, Geography and Environment

I am an enthusiastic applied ecologist interested in finding sustainable solutions to the environmental challenges we face today, such sustainable pest control and biological conservation. I am actively involved in public engagement, and interested in public perceptions of nature. 

I am passionate about my teaching and am always trying new technologies to support my students to develop into confident and independent learners, equipping them for graduate careers and postgraduate study. 

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I am an applied ecologist interested in the role of insects and birds in natural and anthropogenic environments.  My experience of working in the UK, Lesotho, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates gives my work an international approach, and I have collaborated with researchers from other organisations and disciplines in topics such as stable isotope analysis, geochemistry, GIS and modelling. Specific interests include: 

  • Public perceptions of nature and enthonozoology   
  • Intrinsic markers for tracing animal dispersal including isotopic and geochemical analyses  
  • The role of insects in decomposition  
  • Arthropod biodiversity and food webs in arid ecosystems  
  • Invasive insects 
  • Spatial modelling for predicting disease and pest dynamics, and to determine conservation priorities  
  • The conservation and ecology of endangered birds  
  • Invertebrate sampling, detection and population monitoring including pheromone lures and traps 
  • Integrated Pest Management and biological control  

I have been lead-PI on successful research and outreach grants including awards from DEFRA (Climate Challenge Fund), STEMNET/DTi (Access Fund) and the Natural Environment Research Council (New Investigators’ Award.)  

My research has been published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Bulletin of Entomological Research, Ethnobiology letters, Ibis, Journal of Stored Product Research, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata and the Journal of Arid Environments, and I have been invited to undertake peer-review for the Journal of Insect Science, Ibis, the Italian Journal of Zoology and the Journal of Arid Environments, as well as Oxford University Press for an applied ecology book and Blackwell Wiley Publishing for a postgraduate biosciences careers book .I have written book reviews for the Learning and Teaching Support Network in Biosciences and Antenna. 

I ran SETPOINT Lancashire for four years and continue to get involved with outreach and public engagement activities at UCLAN, including supporting the Lancashire Science Festival, and encouraging UCLAN students to participate. I was recently invited to give a series of talks in the bug hub theatre at RHS Tatton Park 

I have a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Biology from Swansea University, and an MSc and Diploma of Imperial College in Pest Management. My PhD is in ecology from the University of London. 

I received a distinction for my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at Liverpool Hope University in 2011. 

Teaching activities and responsibilities 

  • Course leader for BSc (Hons) Biology 
  • Module leader: Introduction to Biological Research, Introduction to Field Studies in Environmental Biology, Introduction to Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Evolutionary Biology, Work-Based Learning Module, Biology Project 
  • I also contribute to Forensic Biology, Death Science, Criminalistics, Field work modules.


Ávila-Nájera, Dulce María, Naranjo, Eduardo J, Tigar, Barbara, Villarreal, Oscar and Mendoza, Germán David Mendoza (2018) An Evaluation of the Contemporary Uses and Cultural Significance of Mammals in Mexico. Ethnobiology Letters, 9 (2). ISSN 2159-8126 

Tigar, Barbara and Hursthouse, Andrew S (2016) Using elemental profiling to determine intrinsic markers to track the dispersal of Prostephanus truncatus, a pest of stored grain with alternative natural hosts. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 160 (1). pp. 83-90. ISSN 0013-870 

Martinez, Jose, Camara, Luisa,Tigar, Barbara and Castillo, Ofelia (2016) Relationship between carbon stocks and structural diversity in humid and subhumid tropical forest of Mexico. Écoscience, 22 (2-4). pp. 125-131. ISSN 1195-6860. 

Ávila–Nájera, D. M.,Palomares, F.,Chávez, C.,Tigar, Barbara and Mendoza, G.D (2018) Jaguar (Panthera onca) and puma (Puma concolor) diets in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 41.2 . pp. 257-266. ISSN 1578-665X. 

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Forensic Entomology, cultural values of insects and Ethnozoology


Recent Poster presentations at conferences 

  1. Tigar, B.J., Ávila–Nájera, D.M., Naranjo, E.J, & Pedro Zetina Cordoba (2018) Using Cultural Significance to Inform Conservation Strategies, a case study using Mexican mammals. BES Annual meeting, Birmingham. Dec 2018. 
  2. Tigar, B.J., Lawrence Miller, J. & Cross, P. (2018) Colonisation and Succession of Beetles on Carrion and their Relationship with Decomposition ENTO’18 (RESL), Edge Hill University 
  3. Tigar, B.J. & Hursthouse, A. (2015) Track me if you can - intrinsic markers of dispersal. BES Annual meeting, EICC, Edinburgh. Dec 2015. 
  4. Tigar, B.J. & Hursthouse, A. (2015) It’s elementary. Using biogeochemical markers to track insect pests. BES Symposium: The Ecology and Evolution of Emerging Plant Pests and Pathogens: Challenges to Global Food Security and Ecosystem Resilience. University of Exeter, Jul 2015. 

External Affiliations and Roles

  • External Examiner BSc Biology, University of Malta 
  • External Examiner, MSc in Applied Biology, University of Malta  
  • Member of grant review college for the British Ecological Society 
  • Treasurer, Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group, British Ecological Society  


  • British Ecological Society 
  • Royal Entomological Society 
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority