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Department of Plant Sciences


Translational Research Impact Associate

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

Current Awards

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



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,