My research interests focus on the effects of abiotic factors (e.g. climate change, soil fertility or habitat management) on interactions between plants and invertebrates.
The projects I lead include research into hedgerow ecology, in which we use large-scale field experiments to test the effects of hedgerow management and rejuvenation on provision of resources for wildlife, hedge structure and invertebrate assemblages, and a large field monitoring project researching the landscape-scale response of species to agri-environment schemes.
Prior to CEH I worked with colleagues at Imperial College and the University of Southampton to test the idea that organically grown plants are ‘better defended’ against phytophagous insects than conventionally produced plants, due to the use of lower concentration, slower release forms of fertiliser.
During my PhD, I investigated the impacts of climate change on invertebrate communities and plant-mediated interactions between foliar and root phytophages.
- Applied Community Ecologist, CEH Wallingford, 2010 – present
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London, 2006 – 2009
- Scientific Officer, Forest Research, 1999 – 2002
- PhD, Effects of climate change on plant: insect trophic interactions, University of Reading and CEH, 2002 – 2005
- MSc Ecology, University of Aberdeen, 1998 – 1999
- BSc Biology with History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds, 1995 – 1998
- Editor for Annals of Applied Biology, 2014 - present
- Royal Entomological Society, Fellow
- British Ecological Society, Member
- Lyndsey Graham (joint with University of Newcastle), 2014 - present. Optimising hedgerow structure for biodiversity: Developing and testing LiDAR based structural condition models
- Sarah Facey (joint with University of Western Sydney), 2013 – present. Assessing the effects of climate change on invertebrate interactions and community structure
- Sam Amy (joint with University of York), 2011 – present. Structuring agri-habitats to maximise predator potential.
- Muhammad Tariq (joint with Imperial College London), 2007 - 2010. Water stress, root herbivory and above-ground multitrophic interactions in a crucifer-aphid system.