Research Fellow, Faculty of Science
Plant physiologist specialising in phenotyping photosynthetic and stomatal responses to light.
I was awarded my doctorate from the University of Essex in 2014 for a thesis entitled "the influence of stomata on intrinsic water-use efficiency" under the supervision of Professor Tracy Lawson and Professor Neil Baker (McAusland et al 2013, 2014). I went on to work for the RIPE Project, studying the how the multigene manipulation of photosynthetic carbon assimilation increases CO2 fixation and biomass yield in tobacco in both the glasshouse and the field (Simkin et al 2015). In 2015 I joined Professor Erik Murchie's group at the University of Nottingham as a post-doctoral fellow funded by InnovateUK, developing sensors and LED-based technologies to improve precision agriculture in the glasshouse. From April 2016 - June 2019 I worked as a researcher as part of the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) at the University of Nottingham, developing systems for high-throughput phenotypic exploration of novel genetic variation for breeding high biomass and yield in wheat.
Currently I am a research fellow on a three year, BBSRC Newton-funded grant based at the University of Nottingham, identifying a role for nocturnal stomatal conductance in the temperature tolerance of Mexican wheat varieties in response to climate change (2019-22, https://bit.ly/2s1JZSl).
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