I completed a MSc by research at Durham University studying the effects of volcanoes on historic plague pandemics in 2017. I am now continuing in a similar area for my PhD, which aims to determine the climatic controls on Yersinia pestis (the bacterial agent of plague) through paleobiogeographical modelling and experimental microbiology. I am co-supervised at Nottingham by Adam Algar and Matthew Jones in the School of Geography and Steve Atkinson from the Centre of Biomolecular Sciences. I am will initially modelling the environmental niche of several species pivotal to the spread of plague to explore the role of climate-host dynamics on historical plague outbreaks while also working in the laboratory to explore how the fully virulent Y. pestis bacterium responds to substate environments and varying climatic conditions.
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