Biography

I am an insect chemical ecologist working in the Bruce lab since joining Keele University in January 2018. Before this I completed my PhD at Harper Adams University (UK), where I studied the chemical ecology of predatory mites used for biological control in protected horticulture. My areas of expertise are in analytical chemistry, insect electrophysiology, the R programming language, and insect behaviour.

Research and scholarship

My general research interests focus on exploiting the chemical ecology of tritrophic interactions to minimise crop losses through sustainable management of phytophagous insect pests, helping to ensure global agricultural systems can support an increasing human population. I am currently funded by BBSRC project BB/R021708/1, where we are investigating a new 'slow down-speed up' approach to the biological control of aphid pests in field Brassica crops.