Luca Manelli

Dr Luca Manelli

  • lmanelli at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer In Forensic Biology
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Dr Luca Manelli is a Lecturer in Forensic Biology at Bournemouth University. Luca is a Forensic Entomologist who completed his doctoral studies at the University of Winchester, with a thesis on the influence of insects on the decomposition of burnt bodies, and on the impact of burning and accelerants on larval development, with a focus on arson crime scenes. Previous research investigated the impact of freshwater arthropods on bodies submerged in freshwater and his expertise expands to Human Taphonomy, Forensic Phycology and Wildlife Crime.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Forensic Biology (Unit Leader)
  • Advanced Forensic Biology (Unit Leader)
  • Environmental Forensics (Unit Leader)
  • Forensic Research Project (Unit Leader)
  • Forensic Entomology (Unit Leader)
  • Exploring and Understanding Science
  • Forensic Laboratory Skills
  • Research Methods
  • Academic and Employment Skills

Invited Lectures

  • Post-mortem colonisation of human remains, Universitá di Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, 05 Apr 2024 more
  • Forensic Entomology - Time Since Death Estimation, Instituto Universitario Ciencias Saude, Portugal, 30 Nov 2023 more
  • Entomology in Early Childhood Education, University of Winchester, 01 Mar 2022 more

Internal Responsibilities

  • Internal Panel Member, Science, Technology & Health Research Ethics Panel

Conference Presentations

  • EAFE Annual Meeting 2022, The Effect of Burning and the Use of Ignitable Liquids on Insect Colonisation and Body Decomposition, 15 Jul 2022, Alcalá, Spain
  • EAFE Annual Meeting 2021, The Influence of Burning on the Larval Development of Calliphora vomitoria (Diptera Calliphoridae), 09 Jun 2021, Portsmouth, UK
  • EAFE Annual Meeting 2019, The influence of burning on blow fly (Diptera Calliphoridae) attraction to meat substrates, 05 Jun 2019, Bordeaux, France
  • EAFE Annual Meeting 2015, Body colonization and degradation in a freshwater system, the role of the crayfish Procambarus clarkii (Girard, 1852), 06 May 2015, Huddersfield, UK
  • Italian National Entomology Congress 2013, Influenza del Decapoda Procambarus clarkii (Girard, 1852) nella decomposizione di corpi in acqua dolce, 01 Jun 2014, Orosei, Sardinia, Italy
  • EAFE Annual Meeting 2014, Population dynamics of Procambarus clarkii as a function of the body submersion-floating stage, 09 Apr 2014, Lille, France
  • EAFE Annual Meeting 2014, Post-Mortem Injuries caused by the crayfish Procambarus clarkii, 09 Apr 2014, Lille, France
  • International Congress of Grigore Antipa Museum 2013, Procambarus clarkii as a carrion-feeder: decomposition and colonisation in freshwater, 20 Nov 2013, Bucharest, Romania
  • EAFE Annual Meeting 2013, Procambarus clarkii as a carrion-feeder preliminary results on decomposition and colonisation in freshwater, 01 Apr 2013, Coimbra, Portugal

Attended Training

  • Forensically Important Diptera Identification, 11 Mar 2013, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland


  • PhD in Forensic Entomology (University of Winchester, 2023)
  • MSc in Biology (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2015)
  • BSc (Hons) in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2012)