I work as a research technician on the BBSRC funding project “The root to stability – the role of plant roots in ecosystem response to climate change”. Within this role, I provide technical support for research in the laboratory, glasshouses and at field sites across the Yorkshire Dales. To satisfy the project aims of understanding how root exudates affect the structure and microbial activity in the surrounding soil, and how this changes during drought and warming, I carry out soil extractions, root scanning, and machine analysis. In particular, I am interested in the wider implications for climate change mitigation in agriculture and conservation.
I studied BSc Ecology and Conservation, and MSc Conservation Biology at university, with previous research in small mammals and woodland dynamics.