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Richard Rolfe

Senior Lecturer in Animal Biology / Biology

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Biosciences and teach across the Biology and Animal Biology Undergraduate programmes. I have a wide range of interests and experience in parasitology and wildlife biology. Chevron icon


My interest in parasitology started while studying Zoology at the University of Wales, which led to a PhD studying the electrophysiological responses of nematodes to chemosensory compounds. As a postdoctoral research associate, I was initially industry-funded, spent 2 years working as at Washington University School of Medicine in the USA, then worked at the University of Bristol on my return to the UK. Since then I have been Animal and Land Sciences Subject Group Leader at Hartpury University and College before moving to the University of Gloucestershire in 2012.


  • PhD: Electrophysiologival analysis of nematode responses, Aberystwyth University, 2000
  • BSc (Hons): Zoology, Aberystwyth University, 1995

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the British Society for Parasitology

British Ecological Society

British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

Teaching & Research


  • Biochemistry (NS4207)
  • Animal Physiology (NS4208)
  • Introduction to Fieldwork: Bioscience (NS4210)
  • Ethics in Biosciences (NS4213)
  • Internship (NS5001)
  • Contemporary Issues in Biology/Animal Biology/ Ecology and Environmental Science (NS5213)
  • Mammalian Reproduction (NS5215)
  • Sandwich Year (NS5312)
  • Professional Experience (NS6001)
  • Parasitology (NS6209)


As well as parasites, Richard’s research interests also include wildlife biology, specifically hedgehogs and hedgehog rehabilitation.
  • Internal responsibilities
  • NSS Assessment Offences Officer
  • Member of Validation Standing Panel
  • Member of Employability & Employer Liaison Board
  • Academic Link Tutor:
  • SGS College FdSc Zoological Management, BSc (Hons) Zoological Management and Conservation
  •  INTO(London) Biology modules


More publications from Richard Rolfe can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

External examining
  • Reaseheath College, BSc (top -up year) Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare),
  • FdSc Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)
  • Nottingham Trent University, BSc Zoo Biology, BSc Animal Biology