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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group


Research Overview

With a background in Climate Science, I use epidemiological modelling applications to investigate the large-scale distribution of wind-borne plant pests and pathogens, particularly those threatening important food crops across regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. I apply my expertise through the areas of research, development and maintenance of forecast models (such as Lagrangian dispersal and full-landscape epidemiological models) for predicting distributions of destructive fungal pathogens, including wheat rust and wheat blast. I work closely with international partners including CIMMYT, UK Met Office and with collaborators located at institutions across Sub-Saharan Africa (EIAR, ATA, Ethiopia MoA, and KALRO) and South Asia (BWMRI, DAE, BMD, NARC, and PARC).


  • 2015-2019 PhD, Timescales of processes controlling water vapour entry to the stratosphere, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge.
  • 2009-2013 MPhys Physics, University of Oxford.


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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Jacob Smith

Contact Details

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Department of Plant Sciences,
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