Cardiff University’s Biosciences department has been rocked by the apparent suicide of popular lecturer Dr Mark Jervis.
Dr Jervis, 62, was regarded as a world expert in the diversity, behaviour and evolution of insects, and was the chief editor of the International Journal of Pest Management.
He was found dead in his office on the evening of Tuesday March 11th,
A Cardiff University spokesperson described Dr Jervis as ‘very dedicated to the students in the School’ and ‘a very popular lecturer [who was] close to many people.’
In an email to students on the day of Dr Jervis’ death, a module coordinator broke the bad news, writing ‘It is with great sadness that I have to report that Dr. Mark Jervis passed away yesterday evening.
‘As a mark of respect, all teaching activities closely connected with Dr Jervis’ Research Division (Organisms and Environment) have been suspended for today.’
Dr Jervis’ death has understandably caused disruption to the Biosciences timetable, but the department has pledged to continue Dr Jervis’ modules with replacement lecturers in due course. The department asked for patience in finding staff members, asking students to ‘please bear with us while we find appropriate replacement people to take his place for the material that is missing.’
A police spokesperson released the following statement to the media:
‘Police in cardiff are investigating the sudden death of a 62-year old man whose body was discovered at an address on Park Place, Cardiff on around 7.15pm on Tuesday March 11.
Next of kin have been informed and a file of evidence prepared for HM coroner. The death is not considered suspicious.’
Students were last week invited to sign a book of condolence left at the Sir Martin Evans building.