Lue Cuttiford graduated from London South Bank University in 2009 with a First Class Honours Degree in Forensic Science and Psychology. She went on to graduate with a Master of Research Degree in Entomology from Imperial College London in 2010. During her time as a student Lue was granted the Departmental Award for Best Student in Forensic Science at South Bank University and was also awarded first prize in the Royal Entomological Society Student Award 2009 for a short communication piece about Forensic Entomology. Lue volunteered with the Natural History Museum, London for around 3 years including project work with the Soil Ecology and Forensic Entomology teams there.
In 2012, the US-UK Fulbright Commissi awarded Lue with a $25,000 postgraduate grant, and with help from the IIE she undertook research in Forensic Entomology, finishing with her second Master’s Degree.
Lue is currently working on submitting manuscripts relating to her thesis work and is looking for work that can utilise her advanced communication, technical and scientific skills
Her CV can be viewed here: EditorialCV
Grants and Awards
US-UK Fulbright Scholar – Post Graduate All Disciplines Award 2012-13
Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Enrichment Grant 2012-13
Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Excellence Fellowship 2012-13
Royal Entomological Society – First prize Student Award 2010
London South Bank University Departmental Award – Best Undergraduate Student in Forensic Science 2009
Theses and publications
Cuttiford, L., Pimsler, M.L., Heo, C.C., Zheng, L., Karunaratne, I., Trissini, G., Tarone, A.M., Lambiase, S., Cammack, J.A. and Tomberlin, J.K. (working manuscript for submission to Forensic Science International) Evaluation of Development Datasets for Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) for Estimating the Time of Placement of Human and Swine Remains in Texas, USA
Cuttiford, L. (2017) The use and abuse of the degree day concept in forensic entomology: Evaluation of Cochliomyia macellaria (Fabricius) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) development datasets. This thesis will be split into two manuscripts for publication in relevant forensic science journals
Richards, C. S., Rowlinson, C. C., Cuttiford, L., Grimsley, R. and Hall, M. J. R. (2013) Decomposed liver has a significantly adverse affect on the development rate of the blowfly Calliphora vicina. International Journal of Legal Medicine 127(1) 259-262
Biogeography, ecological function and the evolution of termite (Blattodea: Termitoidae) functional morphology. Lue’s second MRes thesis which is currently being reworked for submission to Functional Ecology in 2012.
‘Insects: The Incidental Investigators‘ is a piece Lue wrote for the Royal Entomological Society’s Student Award 2009. It’s a short, general communication piece which was subsequently published in the society’s Antenna magazine.
Effects of burial at low temperature on the colonisation of pig cadavers by Scuttle flies (Diptera, Phoridae) during a British winter. This was Lue’s first MRes thesis and is now a peer reviewed publication:
Cuttiford L. A. & Disney, R. H. L. (2011) Colonization of pig carrion by Triphleba Rondani (Dipt., Phoridae) during a very cold British winter. Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 146: 203-206 (2010).
Differences in larval size of Calliphora vicina reared on pig brain and liver and the effects of changing food substrate mid-development: Implications for the estimation of Post Mortem Interval using blow fly evidence. Lue’s undergraduate dissertation project based largely on a publication by Kaneshrajah and Turner (2004), she was interested in the possible differences in development rate and overall larval size of Calliphora vicina reared on both pig brain and pig liver tissue.