Amoret Whitaker is the Programme Leader and a Senior Lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation, the BSc (Hons) Cyber Crime and Forensic Investigation, and the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science. She has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Reading, an MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity from Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum, and a PhD in Forensic Entomology from King’s College London and the Natural History Museum. She also has a Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences from the Royal Society of the Apothecaries of London, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
She specialises in Forensic Entomology and since 2004 has undertaken forensic casework throughout the UK for many police forces and forensic providers, attending crime scenes, deposition sites and post-mortems, analysing data and submitting reports, and attending court if required.
Her teaching responsibilities are mainly in Forensic Ecology, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Imaging, Research Methods and Reporting Forensic Evidence.
Areas of expertise
Books and book chapters
- Whitaker, A. (in prep) Flea (Animal Series). Reaktion Books.
- Hall, M., Whitaker, A. & Hart, A.J. (2015). Chapter 9: United Kingdom. In International Dimensions and Frontiers in Forensic Entomology, Eds Jeffery K. Tomberlin & M. Eric Benbow. CRC Press.
- Hall, M., Whitaker, A. & Richards, C. (2012). Chapter 8: Forensic Entomology. In Forensic Ecology Handbook: From Crime Scene to Court, Eds Julie Roberts & Nicholas Márquez-Grant. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Whitaker, A. (2007) Fleas (Siphonaptera). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects Vol. I Part 16 (2nd Ed.) 178pp. (A)
- Whitaker, A. P. (2017) Effect of burning on minimum post-mortem interval (minPMI) estimation from an entomological perspective. Archaeological and Environmental Forensic Science 1.1: 17-31.
- Whitaker, A. (2014). Obituaries: Robert Stephen George 1921-2013. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 27: 63-65.
- Hall, M. Richards, C & Whitaker, A. (2010). Forensic Entomology Advances A detailed look at the current and future applications of entomology in crime scene investigation. Forensic Technology Review 1: 140-150.
- Hall, M. & Whitaker, A.(2009). Forensic Entomology. Nature First 54: 23-26.
- Paterson, L. J. G., Glover, A. G., Barrio Frojan, C. R. S., Whitaker, A., Budaeva, N., Chimonides, J. & Doner, S. (2009) A census of abyssal polychaetes. Deep-Sea Research II 56: 1739-46.
- Whitaker, A. & Hall, M. (2008). Forensic Entomology: Using insects to solve crime. Catalyst 19(1):1-3.
- Hart, A. J., Whitaker, A. & Hall, M. (2008) The Use of Forensic Entomology in Criminal Investigations: How it can be of benefit to SIOs. The Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation Vol. 4 Issue 1: 37-47.
- Whitaker, A. (formerly Brandt), Bhuiya, B.A., Fitton, M.G. & Quicke, D.L.J. (2008) The Oriental and Indo-Australian Species of the Parasitic Wasp Genus Iphiaulax Foerster (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Braconidae). Journal of Taxonomy and Biodiversity Research 1(2): 11-44.
- Hart, A.J. & Whitaker, A. (formerly Brandt) (2006) Forensic Entomology: Insect activity and its role in the decomposition of human cadavers. Antenna (Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society) 30(4): 159-164.
- Hall, M. & Brandt, A.P. (2006) Forensic Entomology. Science in School Issue 2: 49-53.
- Brandt, A. P. (2004) A Fascination for Flies. Antenna 28(3): 181-182
- Brandt, A. P. (2003) Book Review: Maggots, Murder and Men: memories and reflections of a forensic entomologist by Dr Zakaria Erzinçlioğlu. Entomologist’s Gazette 54.
- Holloway, G.J., Gilbert, F. & Brandt, A. P. (2002) The relationship between mimetic imperfection and phenotypic variation in insect colour patterns. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 269: 411-416.
- Brandt, A.P. (2001) Book Review: Irish Indoor Insects: A Popular Guide by James P. O’Connor & Patrick Ashe. Illustrated by Sean Milne. Entomologist’s Gazette 52(4): 251-252.
- Quicke, D.L.J., Brandt, A.P. & Falco, J.V. (2000) Revision of the Afrotropical species of Curriea Ashmead (Hymen-optera: Braconidae: Braconinae): a genus with diverse ovipositor morphology. African Entomology 8(1): 109-139.
- Pampiglione, G., Quicke, D.L.J. & Brandt, A. (2000) Observations of insect parasitoids by Antonio Vallisneri in the XVII century. Antenna 24(1): 11-17.
- Interview on BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific
- The Museum of Life (BBC2)
- Expert Witness: Aging insects and fake fairies (Episode 7) (BBC1)
- Christmas Special University Challenge (BBC2)
- 3D Forensics: Episode 48 (YouTube)
- The Infinite Monkey Cage: Will insects inherit the earth? (Series 16) (BBC Radio 4)