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My background is in Soil and Water Science from the University of California at Riverside. I am a pollution scientist with an interest in understanding its effects on microbial ecology and function in soil and water systems. In most cases, my research is leaning towards the 'applied' with a policy relevant angle, such as the studies I've conducted into characterising the nature and effects of large-scale pharmaceutical use (e.g., antivirals such as Tamiflu, and antibiotics), during an influenza pandemic (1,2,3,4,5). Current research aims to better understand the drivers of antibiotic resistance in the environment and their implications to ecosystems and human health (1, 2, 3). I maintain activity in the field of wastewater epidemiology (1), which aims to understand human behaviour and health through the analysis of sewage, e.g., pathogen incidence and prevalence, drug compliance.
I also contribute to one of CEH's flagship projects, COSMOS-UK, which is a UK soil moisture monitoring network based on an experimental cosmic ray soil moisture sensor.
2005 – present Senior Scientific Officer. NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
2014 – present PLoS One Academic Editor
2009 – 2014 Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology, UK
2008 – 2013 UK Scientific Pandemic Influenza Advisory Committee
2008 – 2010 Lecturer, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology, MSc in Biology
2005 – 2007 Honorary Lecturer. Earth & Environmental Science, University of Birmingham
2004 Visiting Lecturer. Biological and Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University
2001 – 2005 Higher Scientific Officer. NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Oxford
2000 – 2001 Lecturer. Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside.
2000 Postdoctoral Researcher. University of California, Riverside, California.
University of California, Riverside: PhD, Soil and Water Science, 2000
University of California, Berkeley: BA, Anthropology, 1992