Molecular Ecologist (2022 - present) based at UKCEH Wallingford, currently involved in two projects:
National Honey Monitoring Scheme (NHMS) - a citizen science project working with beekeepers from all over the UK to collect honey samples for pollen and pesticide analysis. The pollen analysis is to find out what honeybees are feeding on and whether this changes through time, between regions or according to land use surrounding the hive. The pesticide analysis is to find out what pesticides honeybees are exposed to while they are foraging – whether these are pesticides that are currently in use or banned pesticides persisting in our environment – and whether these pesticides have an effect on the health and longevity of hives.
Monitoring for Azole-Resistant Aspergillus fumigatus in the UK (MARAf UK) - a citizen science project asking volunteers across the UK to collect air and soil samples from their homes and gardens during the month of July 2023, to detect aerosolised and soilborne azole-resistant A. fumigatus spores and to look for factors within the home and garden that may affect exposure to A. fumigatus spores. This is building on the work done during my PhD and is a joint project between Imperial College London, UKCEH, National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and The Open University using a new air-sampling technique developed by collaborators at Wageningen University.
Full list of publications available on Google Scholar: Jennifer MG Shelton