Senior Research Technician
School of Life Sciences
Tel: +44 (0) 2476 5 22431
I graduated from the University of Agriculture and Forestry, Zagreb, Croatia with a degree in plant protection. After 4 years in the horticultural industry I joined Warwick HRI (former HRI) where I worked in plant and entomological research until 2011. The main research areas were biology and ecology of various beneficial and pest insects and mites, interactions between different insect/mite species and plants and habitat manipulation to promote and enhance biological control and biodiversity in the agricultural environment.
My current work is on the Wellcome Trust funded intervention trial in Brazil looking at the effect of a synthetic pheromone on the Leishmania parasite transmission in dogs. The parasite load from the blood, swab and tissue samples is detected and quantified using PCR, qPCR and ELISA.
D.J. Skirvin, L. Kravar-Garde, K. Reynolds, C. Wright and A. Mead (2011)
The effect of within-crop habitat manipulations on the conservation biological control of aphids in field-grown lettuce. B. Entomol. Res.10 1-9
Kravar-Garde, L., Skirvin, D., Reynolds, K., Mead, A., Wright, C. and Jones, J. (2009) Can wildflowers enhance aphid biocontrol? Poster presentation.
Bell, J. R., Traugott, M., Sunderland, K. D., Skirvin, D. J., Mead, A., Kravar-Garde, L., Reynolds, K., Fenlon, J. S. and Symondson, W. O. C. (2008). Beneficial links for the control of aphids: the effects of compost applications on predators and prey. J. Appl. Ecol. 45, 1266-1273.
Kravar-Garde L., Skirvin, D., Reynolds, K., Mead, A. and Wright, C. (2007)
Flower Power for Aphid Biocontrol. Poster presentation.
Skirvin, D. J., Kravar-Garde, L., Reynolds, K., Jones, J., Mead, A. & Fenlon, J. (2007) Supplemental food affects thrips predation and movement of Orius laevigatus (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) and Neoseiulus cucumeris (Acari: Phytoseiidae). B. Entomol. Res. 97, 309-315.
Skirvin, D. J., Kravar-Garde, L., Reynolds, K., Jones, J. & de Courcy Williams, M. (2006) A multiple natural enemy approach to the control of western flower thrips in ornamental chrysanthemum crops. Biocontrol Sci. Techn. 16, 99-105.