Dr Catherine Tetard-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


Qualifications

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).  


Memberships

Society of Biology (MSB)

The Genetics Society

Current Research Interests

As a research fellow, I conduct research in plant molecular biology to identify plant genes that perform a key role in defense 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-pest interactions: incorporating evolutionary ecology theory into the development of durable crop defence to 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. pest/pathogen) or beneficial (e.g. plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, parasitoid wasps) effects on plant performance / crop yield. Mechanisms to enhance interactions with beneficial species in order to increase their defense against deleterious species have already been evolved by plants. My interest is in understanding and improving these mechanisms by developing technology incorporating epigenetics and/or synthetic biology with elicitors that alter plant gene expression for crop improvement. 

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

My research utilises quantitative genetics and molecular biology (proteomic profiling, QTL mapping) and modelling to identify genes involved in defense/tolerance mechanisms 

 

Funding

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).