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.
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:
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
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.
Recent Poster presentations at conferences