Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Katherine Brown

  • Qualifications: PhD Forensic Entomology, BSc Forensic Biology and Biochemistry
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer, and Course Leader – BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5247
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Forensic Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Portsmouth, where I also stayed to complete my PhD in Forensic Entomology under the supervision of Dr Michelle Harvey. This work involved morphological and molecular analysis of the blowfly pupal stage for the purpose of age and time-since-death estimation.

I now teach forensic science on the BSc Criminology and Forensic Studies courses, giving lectures, seminars and supervising undergraduate project students. These students, as well as numerous MRes and PhD students, continue to work along side me on my wide variety of research interests.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach core and optional units on the BSc Criminology and Forensic Studies course, covering many aspects of forensic science and crime scene investigation. I also supervise forensic entomology, taphonomy and forensic science project students at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.  


  • Forensic entomology: examining decomposition and insect succession in different environments within the local area, as well as larval development under differing feeding conditions. Also, examination of the insect microbiome in relation to food source and sterility.
  • Historical entomology: the exploration and cataloguing of Locusts from WWII in the Anti-Locust Research Centre archive.
  • Future technologies: the use of 3D scanning and printing in forensic investigation

Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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