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PhD Researcher in Microbial Ecology, University of Warwick

I Am a PhD student based in Scotland but funded by Warwick University. I study the way in which bacteria colonise roots through advanced imaging and spatial modelling. I also use my image analysis and coding skills to conduct data analysis from marine and terrestrial conservation charities. My mission in life is to help preserve all the other species which call this planet home. Writing and science communication is a large part of how I intend to do that. I also have an MSc in plant and fungal taxonomy from Kew Gardens and a BSc in plant science from Trinity College Dublin.

At the start of the first lockdown, I wanted to see if I could apply the tools and skills I've developed for modelling processes on the micro scale to landscapes. I had a few contacts working with MWSRP, a whale shark charity in the Maldives, and they were looking for someone to help out with data analysis, so I got involved. Since then, I've also been involved with other NGOs, developing a pipeline for the remote sensing of trends in forest recovery in Peru and tracking the illegal sale of Pangolins across Africa.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Researcher in Microbial Ecology, University of Warwick

Education

  • 2017 
    Queen Mary University London/ Kew Gardens, MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy Diversity and Conservation
  • 2016 
    Trinity College Dublin, BSc Plant Science

Publications

  • 2021
    The impact of injury on apparent survival of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in South Ari Atoll Marine Protected Area, Maldives,
  • 2020
    Framework for Quantification of the Dynamics of Root Colonization by Pseudomonas fluorescens Isolate SBW25,
  • 2020
    Ash Dieback: From Asia to Europe,