Dr John Baird

Dr John Baird
Dr John Baird
Dr John Baird


Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272881
Office Address

Room 205 Zoology Building
University of Aberdeen
AB24 2TZ

School of Biological Sciences


First Class hons degree and PhD in Zoology from Queen's University, Belfast.

Nominated by students for University of Aberdeen Science Lecturer of the Year 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023

Fellow and Trustee of the Royal Entomological Society.

Member of the Council of the Royal Entomological Society.

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

PG Cert in HE



Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Former Member of Univerity of Aberdeen Senate.


External Memberships

Member of the HEA Biosciences Special Interest Group in Pedagogical Research.


Research Overview

Various insect-based research from haemphagous disease vectors to diversity of beetles and riverflies. Also interested in human perceptions of 'pests'.

Current Research

PhD Students

Jenni Stockan - Impacts of Riparian Buffer Strips on Biodiversity (graduated 2015)

Gabor Poszgai - Phenological Changes in Ground Beetle Communities at two Environmental Change Network Sites in Scotland. (Graduated 2017)

Catriona McIntosh - Drug Target Identification in the Cat Flea by Transcriptomic analysis and Gene Knock Down (Graduated 2018)

Stewart Rosell - eDNA to improve biosecurity (2022-)

Stephen Gillanders - European earwigs in the Falkland Islands - the threat to local fauna and methods of control (2023-)


Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching

Degree programme Coordinator for BSc Biology, BSc Biological Sciences, MSci Biological Sciences

Level 1 Frontiers in Biological Sciences - Course Coordinator - lectures on infectious disease and practical on protists

Level 1 Diversity of Life - Lectures on evolution of arthropods

Level 2 Field Biology Field Course - Course Coordinator - mainly visits to partner organisations in Aberdeenshire to follow their protocols JNCC, James Hutton (Glensaugh), RSPB, Glentanar Estate.

Level 3 Biology and Control of Infectious Diseases - Course Coordinator - various lectures on infectious diseases and vectors of disease. Practical - ELISA to detect jellyfish parasites in salmonids.

Level 3 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Ecosystems in South Africa - focus on understanding the environment through tracks and signs.

Level 4 Advances in Vector Biology - lectures on vector control, including transgenics, transmission-blocking vaccines as well as more pragmatic approaches

Level 4 Parasitology - Lectures on malaria, flaviviruses, helminthes, vaccines and chemotherapy

Level 4 Hons Project - Course Coordinator alongside Jerry Sternberg

Level 5 Public Communication of Science - Course Coordinator alongside Sam Martin

Level 5 MSci Research project - Course Coordinator alongside Sam Martin





Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Personal Tutor to undergraduates


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