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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research overview

I have a background in geospatial analysis and apply my expertise in topics pertaining to crop pests invasions and food security. Currently, I am working on modelling the spatial distribution of cassava, designing sampling strategies for disease detection and monitoring the spread and prevalence of cassava pathogens.

Research interests

Food security
Crop pests


I am originally from Poznan, Poland and received my MSc and PhD at the Geography Department, University of Florida (USA), where I collaborated with Emerging Pathogens Institute, Dept. of Entomology and Nematology, and USDA-APHIS in Raleigh, NC. I worked for five years as a research scientist in Evolution and Epidemiology Modelling group at Rothamsted Research (UK) with Frank van den Bosch. Starting in October 2018, I joined the Epidemiological Modelling group at the University of Cambridge led by Prof. Chris Gilligan.


Szyniszewska AM, PC Chikoti, M Tembo, R Mulenga, CA Gilligan, F van den Bosch, CF McQuaid. (2021) “Cassava planting material movement and grower behaviour in Zambia: implications for disease management”, Phytopathology.

Szyniszewska AM. (2020) "CassavaMap, a fine-resolution disaggregation of cassava production and harvested area in Africa in 2014". Nature Scientific data, 7 (1), 1-5.

Szyniszewska AM, T Collier, NC Manoukis, JM Hastings, K Bigsby, DJ Kriticos and NC Leppla. (2020) "CLIMEX and MED-FOES Models for Predicting the Variability in Growth Potential and Persistence of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) Populations", Annals of the Entomological Society of America 113 (2), 114-124 - special issue of the Annals of the ESA on Innovative spatial modeling technologies.

Alicai T, AM Szyniszewska, C Omongo, P Abidrabo, G Okao-Okuja, Y Baguma, E Ogwok, R Kawuki, W Esuma, F Tairo, A Bua, J Legg, R Stutt, D Godding, P Sseruwagi, J Ndunguru, and CA Gilligan (2019) "Expansion of the cassava brown streak pandemic in Uganda revealed by annual field survey data for 2004 to 2017". Scientific data, 6 (1), 1-8.

Szyniszewska AM, et al. (2017) Spatial analysis of temporal changes in the pandemic of severe cassava mosaic disease in Northwestern Tanzania, Phytopathology 107 (10), 1229-1242

McQuaid CF, F van den Bosch, AM Szyniszewska, T Alicai, A Pariyo, PC Chikoti, CA Gilligan (2017) “Spatial dynamics and control of a crop pathogen with mixed-mode transmission”, PLoS Computational Biology 13(7)

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Anna  Szyniszewska

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
01223 748957