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.
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.
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
Identifying plant genetic basis of complex traits involved in plant defense/tolerance to environmental stress
Plants have evolved defense and tolerance mechanisms enabling them to survive and reproduce whilst under environmental stress (i.e. sub-optimal conditions). Identifying the genes that regulate such mechanisms is crucial to improve the sustainability of crop production.
My research utilises quantitative genetics and molecular biology (proteomic profiling, QTL mapping) and modelling to identify genes involved in defense/tolerance mechanisms
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.
Mr Leonidas Rempelos (PhD thesis: Effects of agronomic practices on yield, quality and protein expression patterns in multiple potato varieties).