Professional summary

Research Interests

My research uses an integrated approach to gain a mechanistic understanding of how anthropogenic change, and mitigation strategies, impact the evolutionary ecology of insect populations and communities. I work across all levels of organisation ranging from molecular mechanisms to community level effects in managed terrestrial environments (e.g. agricultural, forestry). My current research has two main focuses: 1) Examining synergistic effects of pesticide mixtures on model terrestrial arable communities to understand ecosystem-level impacts, with Dave Spurgeon and Ben Woodcock (UKCEH), and 2) Assessing the effects of anthropogenic stressors and pesticides on butterflies in agricultural ecosystems, with Casper Breuker (Oxford Brookes University).

 

Brief CV

2021-        : Higher Scientific Officer (full-time)

2010-2021: Higher Scientific Officer/ Local Safety Advisor, (UKCEH, Wallingford)

2007-2009: Postdoctoral researcher at Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, with Prof. Hans Van Dyck

2004-2006: Postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Manchester, with Dr. Paula Kover

2001-2004: Research assistant and PhD student at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, with Prof Allen Moore

 

 

PhD Supervision

2021 Jay Hands: Long-term effects of pesticides on environmental health - how does exposure of a female egg-laying insect to pesticides affect subsequent generations? Co-supervised with Casper Breuker (Lead PI), Andrew Jones (both, Oxford Brookes University)

2017 Elsa Field: Impacts of tree diversity and drought on forest resilience to pathogens: a theoretical and experimental synthesis. Co-supervised with Andy Hector (Lead PI, University of Oxford), Karsten Schonrogge (UKCEH), Nadia Barsoum (Forest Research).

2015 Shyamali Roy: Evaluating the impact of emergent disease on microbial and insect populations in the tree ecosystem. Co-supervised with Robert Jackson (Lead PI, University of Reading), Karsten Schonrogge (UKCEH), Richard Harrison (East Malling Research).

2015 Nora Braak: How does a butterfly embryo cope with environmental stress? Co-supervised with Casper Breuker (Lead PI), Andrew Jones (both, Oxford Brookes University)

2013 Luca Livraghi: Evo-devo of Shx genes in the Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria. Co-supervised with Casper Breuker (Lead PI, Oxford Brookes University), Peter Holland (University of Oxford)

2011 Jean-Michel Carter: Examining the developmental genetic regulation underlying oogenesis in the Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria. Co-supervised with Casper Breuker (Lead PI, Oxford Brookes University).

 

Qualifications

2004: PhD Manchester Metropolitan University: Intraspecific competition and life-history plasticity in the speckled wood butterfly Pararge aegeria

1998: MSc Manchester Metropolitan University: Male density affects female reproductive output in the speckled wood butterfly Pararge aegeria: possible consequences for the Madeiran speckled wood butterfly P. xiphia

Publications