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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group


Role Overview

A current member of the Epidemiology and Modelling Group, promoting research impact with relevance to food security, plant biosecurity and biodiversity across regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Europe and UK. Additionally, collating science impact for an international food security programme, TIGR2ESS, across the six interdisciplinary flagship projects (India and UK).Research Interests
Plant-insect interactions, using thrips as a model to unravel questions on host-plant selection, tolerance and resistance to invasive species. More recently focusing on mechanisms underpinning beneficial interactions (pollinating and predatory thrips), accumulating knowledge on benefits these bring in natural and agricultural settings.




  • PhD Biology, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • BSc. Hons. Horticulture, University of Reading


Previous Positions

  • 2015-2020 Career Development Research Fellowship, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
  • 2002-2015 Scientific Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Awards and Fellowships

  • Kew Guild: Host organisation: Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, Canberra 

All Publications


Committees and Other Roles

  • Honorary Research Associate, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • British Ecological Society College Review Panel
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society
  • Member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International’s Directory of Expertise; Plant Health and Biosecurity
Translational Research Impact Associate
Alison Scott-Brown

Contact Details

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