Dr Catherine Tétard-Jones
Research Fellow

Roles and Responsibilities

Combining evolutionary ecology experimentation and molecular techniques to investigate mechanisms underpinning Black-grass resistance to herbicides, currently part of the BBSRC-HGCA Black-grass Resistance Initiative

Member of Newcastle University's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team


PhD, evolutionary ecology, University of Manchester, 2007.

BSc (Hons), biological sciences (with industrial experience), Salford University, 2003.

Previous Positions

Teaching assistant, Northumbria University (2008). Led a third year module in foresic botany, and taught on a MSc module in writing grant applications

Postdoctoral research associate, University of Manchester (2007). Ecological genetics of epiphytic bromeliad - tree associations in the tropical rainforests of Belize and Ecuador.

Esteem Indicators

Member of the editorial board for Agronomy - a multidisciplinary and open access journal.

Reviewer for many subject related journals (e.g. The American Naturalist, Evolutionary Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Proteomics). 

Reviewer for Research Council research proposals (BBSRC).  


Society of Biology (MSB)

The Genetics Society



Current Research Interests

My research in plant molecular biology identifies plant genes that mediate defence induced by environmental stresses and elicitors (e.g. rhizobacteria, pests, herbicides). 

  • Herbicide resistance: combining evolutionary ecology experimentation and molecular techniques to investigate mechanisms underpinning the evolution of weed (black-grass) resistance to herbicides, currently part of the BBSRC-HGCA Black-Grass Resistance Initiative       

  • Plant-Rhizobacteria interactions: incorporating evolutionary ecology theory into the development of durable plant defence against crop pests. Plants have evolved in environments where they interact with a multitude of above-ground and below-ground organisms. These interactions can have deleterious (e.g. insect pest/pathogen/weed) or beneficial (e.g. Rhizobacteria Induced Systemic Resistance) effects on plant performance & crop yield. Mechanisms to enhance plant interactions with beneficial species have already evolved. My interest is in understanding and improving these mechanisms by developing technology incorporating epigenetics and synthetic biology with Rhizobacteria that prime plant defence against pests. 

  • Nutrient Use Efficiency: molecular pathways involved in N remobilisation during senescence             Past project: NUE-Crops 

My research utilises quantitative genetics and molecular biology e.g. (proteomic profiling, QTL mapping) and modelling to identify mechanisms of defence  



Co-I (50%): "Modelling proteomics data for investigating plant response to environmental stress". Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Discipline Hopping Scheme, 2013. Collaborator: Prof. Stephen Rushton

Co-I: Small Ecological Project Grant (SEPG), British Ecological Society, 2006.

Postgraduate Supervision

Mr Leonidas Rempelos (PhD thesis: Effects of agronomic practices on yield, quality and protein expression patterns in multiple potato varieties).