Dr John Baird

Dr John Baird
Dr John Baird
Dr John Baird


Senior Lecturer


Room 205 Zoology Building
University of Aberdeen
AB24 2TZ


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.

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)


Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching

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

Level 1 Introduction to Biological Sciences - Course Coordinator alongside Michelle Pinard - various lectures and practical sessions

Level 1 Diversity of Life - Lectures on evolution of arthropods

Level 2 Student Selected Component for Medics - Global Health and Tropical Disease theme Coordinator

Level 2 Research Skills for Medical Sciences - Tutor group projects

Level 2 Zoology Field Course - Course Coordinator - deliver various activities, mainly insect-based

Level 3 Biology and Control of Infectious Diseases - Course Coordinator - various lectures on diseases and vectors of disease

Level 3/4 Imagination, Creativity and Innovation in Science - Course Coordinator - this novel course is workshop-based. Students - working alone and in teams of two - create innovative products. 

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






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