Former Lab members


Stuart Smith
(MBiolSci student 2008-09)
"The effects of the parasitic plant Rhinanthus minor on soil nutrient cycling"


Sarah Pickford
(MBiolSci student 2009-10)
"Interactions between the root hemiparasite Euphrasia and its hosts"


Tom Thirkell
(MBiolSci student 2010-2011)
“Resolving a full, bi-directional carbon budget for the parasitic plant Rhinanthus minor
  Now studying for a PhD at York and Sheffield Universities


Alexandra Lee
(Contract Research Technician 2011)
“Inducing novel broad spectrum disease resistance in wheat"
 
Now studying for a PhD at Nottingham University


Natasha Rossel
(EPSRC-funded Contract Research Technician 2010 – 2011)
“Green roofing substrate development” with Dr Gareth Phoenix and Jeff Sorril [Department of Landscape]


Dr David Johnson 

(EPSRC-funded Contract Research Technician 2010-2012)
“Foams for living architecture” with Dr Gareth Phoenix and Prof. Tony Ryan [Chemistry]
Now working with Profs. Jonathan Leake and David Beerling, University of Sheffield


Esther Wafford
(MBiolSci student 2011-2012)
“Assessing the potential of mycorrhizal fungi and Rhizobia as bio-fertiliser for green roofs"



Dr Oliver Kent 

NERC-funded PhD student 
“Are orchids parasitic or living by carbon credit and repayment to fungi?” 
with Prof. Jonathan Leake  (2008 – 2012)


Dr Abdulaziz Abualghaith

Saudi government-funded PhD student
“Nitrogen metabolism in orchid-mycorrhiza associations” with Prof. Jonathan Leake (2009 – 2012)


Dr James Fisher

NERC-funded PhD student
“Resistance is not futile: understanding the mechanisms for parasitic plant-induced changes in biodiversity” with
Dr Gareth Phoenix and Prof. Malcolm Press [University of Birmingham] (2008 – 2012)
Now a PDRA working with Dr Gareth Phoenix, University of Sheffield.


Dr Richard Waterman

Leverhulme Trust-funded Post Doctoral Research Associate
“Can climate change induce trophic mismatches that reduce orchid reproduction?”  with Dr Karl Evans (2010-2014)


Dr Ludovic Duvaux

NERC-funded Post Doctoral Research Associate
“Candidate genes for host association in aphids" with Prof. Roger Butlin and
Dr Gareth Fraser (2012-2014)


Kayleigh Kerrins

MBiolSci Student (2012-2013)
(Now studying for a PhD with Prof. Mike Burrell [APS])


Emily Berry

MBiolSci Student (2012-2013)


Will Summers

Research Technician  (2013-2014) with Prof. Mike Burrell [APS


Dr Kate Allinson

NERC-funded Research Technician
“Origin and co-evolution of land plant-fungal symbioses during the "greening of the Earth” with Prof. David Beerling and Prof. Jonathan Leake (2012-2015)


Dr Nicola Collins (nee Hurst)

EPSRC CASE-funded PhD student
“Sustainable biomass production” with Dr Richard Thackray [Engineering Materials],
Dr Janice Lake [University of Nottingham] and TATA Steel (2010 – 2014)


Dr Bleddyn Hughes

Technology Strategy Board/BBSRC-funded Post Doctoral Research Assistant
“Inducing novel broad spectrum disease resistance in wheat" with Prof. Jonathan Leake and
Prof. Mike Burrell (2010-2014)


Dr Katie Field

NERC-funded Post Doctoral Research Associate
“Origin and co-evolution of land plant-fungal symbioses during the "greening of the Earth” with Prof. David Beerling and Prof. Jonathan Leake (2012-2014)


Dr Tom Young

EPSRC CASE-funded PhD student
“Low energy green roof technology" with Dr Gareth Phoenix and Boningale nurseries (2011 – 2014)


Dr Alex Perez de Luque

Marie Curie Fellow
“MYCOCROP: Using mycorrhiza induced resistance
as a tool for sustainable agriculture”
with Prof Jurriaan Ton (2013-2015)


Dr Tom Harcourt

NERC CASE-funded PhD student
“Carbon metabolism in Wheat
seeds" with Prof. Mike Burrell and Dr Richard Summers  [RAGT Seeds]
(2011 – 2015)


Dr Sameera Alghamdi

Saudi government-funded PhD student
“Physiological and evolutionary ecology of orchid-mycorrhiza symbioses” with Prof. Jonathan Leake (2010 – 2015)


David Hopkins

NERC-funded PhD student
“Host preference and host performance in the ecological speciation of the Pea aphid "
with Prof. Roger Butlin  (2011 – 2015)


Chris Hepworth

EPSRC-funded PhD student
"Breaking down the barriers to sustainable agriculture"
[Based in MBB] with Prof. Julie Gray  (2012 – 2015)


Seph Earley

MBiolSci student (2014 - 2015)


Mike Charters

MBiolSci student (2014 - 2015)

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