School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Dave George

Reader in Precision Agronomy


PhD Applied Entomology - Newcastle University 2007

Quantitative application of trap plants and companion plants for pest control in field vegetables.

Masters by Research Environmental Science - Coventry/Warwick HRI 2002

The effect of increased plant diversity on host colonisation by specialist and generalist insect pests of crucifers.


I obtained my PhD from Newcastle University in 2007, working on trap cropping and companion planting as means to control pest insects of brassica crops. I continued in academic research thereafter as a lead researcher/Research Fellow on projects to identify biopesticides and biological controls for use in veterinary pest management (Newcastle), and develop habitat-based approaches to encourage ecosystem service provision in field vegetable and cereal crops (Lancaster).

Between 2015 and 2019 I was based at Stockbridge Technology Centre, leading a team of applied scientists delivering commercial and publically-funded projects on all aspects of production, across both protected and field crops. My own particular focus during this time was on realising ‘sustainable intensification’ through combined use of modern machinery and precision agriculture technology to deliver agro-ecological gains of mutual benefit to the farmer, the environment and wider society.

I returned to Newcastle University in July 2019 to take up a position as Reader in Precision Agronomy. In this role I will be looking to utilise my broad-ranging experience to drive forward 'sustainable intensification' approaches for UK and global food production systems.  

I have published ca. 50 scientific papers since 2007 and have presented my work worldwide to academic and industry audiences alike. I have previously been a Trustee and Vice President of the Royal Entomological Society, and currently serve as their Honorary Regional Secretary and as a Fellow and Co-Editor of their members bulletin Antenna.


Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

Numerous Biology/Ecology/Zoology lectures and practical classes

Student supervision (postgraduate only)


4x PhD students (3 complete) in crop and veterinary sciences


8x MSc students in crop and veterinary sciences

Scholarship host

Numerous scholarship students funded through the Welcome Trust, the BEMB, the WPSA and the BSAS