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Welcome to my site.portrait2 I am a Senior Lecturer in Microbial Ecology at the Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter. I joined Exeter in 2013, studying the global distributions of crop pests and pathogens in collaboration with Prof. Sarah Gurr. Before this I was Head of Climate Change Research at Earthwatch, and taught ecology at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. My background is in forest ecology, and my doctorate at the Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford, researched the influence of El Nino-related droughts on forest regeneration in Borneo. I have also worked on reduced-impact silviculture in Canada, sustainable harvesting of medicinal plants in India and Nepal, the biology of woodland fungi in the UK, and the properties of biological networks.

My research now focusses on the changing distributions and impacts of pests and pathogens on crop plants around the world.

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