Karen teaches across a range of degree programmes in areas of biology and environmental science. She is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology, and a Fellow of the Higher Education academy.
Karen is Module Lead for Biology on the Foundation entry year for forensic science, neuroscience, and pharmacy & biomedical science degree programmes. Undergraduate modules she contributes towards include Human Physiology & Disease, Ecotoxicology, Study Skills and Introduction to Cell Biology. She is also Module Lead for the Measuring the Environment module. Karen has successfully supervised numerous undergraduate research projects (dissertations) for the Biology and the Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation programmes. Research interests include test protocols for ecotoxicology involving soil-dwelling earthworms.
Prior to joining UCLan in 2001, Karen worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Manchester. This role included provision of practical classes for the MSc Medical Microbiology programme, as well as contributing to antibiotic resistance research projects and supporting post-graduate researchers. She was also employed in the NHS National Pertussis Reference Laboratory, including a period of deputy management within that role. Karen came to work at UCLan in 2001 at the then "Centre for Forensic Science" and has been a part of the School throughout its growth and expansion. During her time here, she has worked in as a Demonstrator in Forensic Science, and an Associate Lecturer in Biology - undertaking a wide range of teaching responsibilities.
- BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997
- MSc Biomolecular Archaeology, UMIST, 1998
- PhD candidate, University of Central Lancashire, expected submission 2023
- Environmental science
- General biology