Barley Rose Collier Harris
I always thought I was a physicist - with the first name 'Barley Rose' I thought studying plants would be too much of a cliché. I took a gap year before uni and was in need of a job, I wanted to do something ‘sciency’ before I started my undergrad and with no physics institutes nearby in Norfolk I applied for a job at the John Innes centre and fell in love with plants. Fortunately, I was able to specialise in plant sciences because I did Natural Sciences at Cambridge so it all just went from there. In my undergrad I discovered the wonderful world of genetics. I applied for a few PhDs while I was in my third year, but didn’t get any of them, and took a job in the Police Force instead. I was undeterred by my previous rejections and when I saw the advert for my current DPhil, in Forest Science, with John MacKay, looking at pest resistance in forest trees, I knew I had to apply. And the rest as they say is history.
Lockdown Walks - Disappearing Bugs
During Barley Rose's lifetime, about 75% of the world's flying insects have disappeared. Join us for this episode of 'Lockdown Walks' where she explains some of the reasons behind this loss, and shows you some of the native UK insects that are under threat.