Welcome to my e-portfolio. I completed a BSc in Conservation Biology and Ecology at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, 2010 (University of Exeter, Falmouth campus). I then went on to complete a MSc in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Exeter, 2012, investigating the sub-lethal effects of imidacloprid on the performance of Bombus species (For more qualification information see below). My main interests lie in ecology and the development of strategies that lead to a reduction in the use of synthetic agrochemicals, particularly biological control. Currently, as part of a PhD, I am investigating the mid-season ‘crash’ of aphid populations in field Brassica crops. My three year studenship is funded by AHDB Horticulture.
The role of natural enemies in regulating aphid populations on vegetable Brassica crops
The proposed work will test the hypothesis that fungal epizootics are one of the principle factors causing the mid-season crash in populations of aphids on horticultural brassicas.
i. Monitor populations of healthy and fungus-infected cabbage aphids on sequentially planted brassicas and study the link between the mid-summer population crash and epizootics of insect pathogenic fungi.
ii. Identify insect pathogenic fungi associated with the cabbage aphid Brevicoryne brassicae on field brassicas.
iii. Use laboratory bioassays to measure the susceptibility of the cabbage aphid to fungi collected from the field and compare to commercial mycopesticides.
iv. Model the effect of temperature and moisture on the pathogenicity of fungi to the cabbage aphid to forecast the outbreak of fungal epizootics.
Knowledge and Technology Transfer
>The Royal Entomological Society Aphid Special Interest Group. Exploring new ways to manage aphids in crops Leamington Spa, UK. 11th September 2013. Oral presentation.
>IOBC (International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control)/ WPRS (West Palaearctic Regional
Section). Integrated protection in field vegetables Bergerac, France. 21st-26th September 2013. Oral presentation.
>HDC (Horticultural Development Company) R&D Technical Conference. Lincolnshire, UK. 9th October 2013. Oral presentation.
>AAB (Association of Applied Biologists). IPM: Pushing back the frontiers Lincolnshire, UK. 15th- 16th October 2013. Oral presentation.
>IOBC (International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control)/ WPRS (West Palaearctic Regional Section). The role of naturally enemies in cotrolling aphid populations in field Brassicas. Article publication.
>BGA (British Growers Association) Conference. Lincolnshire, UK. 21st January 2014.
>SIP (Society of Invertebrate Pathology), Mainz, Germany. 2nd-7th August 2014. Paper presentation.
>Biopesticide conference. Swansea, 7th-9th September 2015. Poster presentation.
>AHDB studentship conferences. Droitwich, 16-17th September 2015. Poster & oral presentation.
>AAB (Assocaition of Applied Biologists). IPM: The 10 year plan Lincolnshire, UK. 18th-19th November 2015. Oral presentation.
Qualifiactions & Courses
> CPIB Mathematical Modelling for Biologists (Uni of Nottingham)
> PA1 Pesticide application (City & Guilds)
> PA6 Pesticide application (City & Guilds)
> Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Field Biologists and Ecologists (Uni of Oxford)
> Postgradugate Teaching Award (The Higher Education Academy)
> Assiocation of Appllied Biologists (AAB)- Member
> The Higher Education Academy (HEA)- Associate fellow
Projects and Pulications
> Harvey, L., 2013. The role of entomopathogenic fungi in regulating aphid populations in field Brassica crops. IOBC-WPRS Bulletin Vol. 107, pp. 157-161.
> EFSA (European Food Saftey Authority) meta-analysis of literature in the public domain relating to the safety of biological control agents (Dr. Dave Chandler).
Funding and Awards
>BBSRC food secuirty research fund (£20,000)