Throughout my undergraduate degree I became interested in ecology, especially the impact of climate change on species populations and the consequences of this on ecosystem function. My Masters project centred around the FACE (Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) facility in Staffordshire, and I researched the effect of elevated CO2 levels on invertebrate abundance and diversity.
For my PhD I will be researching the effect of climate change, in particular warming, on the invasive capabilities of plants in Southern and Northern Norway. Many factors, including horticulture, have resulted in non-native plant species being introduced to regions usually outside their native ranges, and I will use modelling to predict which plants would be likely to survive in Arctic Norway under the predicted temperatures of 2050. I will work in the field to assess how the invasive plants already established in Norway respond to artificial warming, and I will also be investigating their interaction with natural enemies, particularly herbivores. This will allow a comparison of biotic interactions between Southern Norway and the colder North.
Position: PhD Student in the Department of Biosciences
Supervised by: Dr. Wayne Dawson, Dr. Lisa Baldini, Dr. James Speed (NTNU – Norwegian University of Science & Technology)
Memberships: Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
Contact details: Department of Biosciences,
Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE
2019 - Present PhD Biosciences, Durham University
2014 - 2018 MSci Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham