Dr Stephen Parnell
phone: 024 765 75192
Office (W): PPB 1.29
Plant & Agricultural Biosciences
Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Quantitative, Systems & Engineering Biology
Warwick Centres and GRPs
Vacancies and Opportunities
For PhD and postdoctoral opportunities, and interest in potential collaborations, please contact me at the above email address.
Epidemics of plant destroying pests and diseases are on the rise due to the ever-increasing movement of people and plants around the planet. These pests and diseases can destroy plants in natural environments, such as forests, or in agricultural crops, impacting our ability to produce food. We develop mathematical and computer models of how these pests and diseases spread through plant populations and use the models to test out strategies to detect and control them.
Research: Technical Summary
We use a range of epidemiological models, linked with data, to better understand the processes that determine the invasion and spread of plant pathogens and insect pest populations. Models range from systems of ODEs to stochastic spatially-explicit simulation models. A key practical focus is the optimisation of strategies for the detection and control of epidemics. Recent pests and diseases of focus include Ash dieback disease, Emerald Ash Borer, and Xylella fastidiosa in the horticultural trade.
For a full list of publications, see WRAP
- Reader, School of Science Engineering and Environment, University of Salford (2014-2022)
- Plant Health Panel Member, European Food Safety Authority (2014-present)
- Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research (2007-2014)
- Postdoctoral Scientist, US Horticultural Research Laboratory, US Department of Agriculture, Florida (2005-2007)
- Research Assistant, Rothamsted Research (2001-2002)
- PhD Mathematical Biology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge (2005)
- BSc Ecological Science (Hons. Natural Resource Management), University of Edinburgh (2001)