I am a PhD student studying plant immunology and agricultural biotechnology. My work focuses on the use of essential oils as biocides against bacterial plant pathogens. I am also passionate about science education, communication, and outreach.
Lockdown Walks - Spring Plants
"Spring has sprung, the flowers are here, but how do they know it's the right time of year?"
If you've been out on a lockdown walk lately, you'll no doubt have noticed that the first flowers of spring have pushed their way through the soil into the sunlight. But how do they know when the time is right? Find out in this episode of '...
A geological map of the UK
Britain is made up of rocks of many different ages - what types of rocks and fossils will you find in the area you live in? Follow the link below to find out!
The Learning Zone is an initiative by Oxford...
I’ve always loved the beauty and mystery of the natural world, and fascinated by the history of our planet, with its strange past environments and creatures. However as much as I was curious I was also horrified by its destruction and driven to understand why and how it could be prevented.
I have been interested in the natural world for as long as I can remember. So, studying Biological Sciences as an undergrad was an easy decision to make! During my late teens and my undergraduate degree I became particularly interested in plant ecology and botany, spending time learning to identify plants. After graduating I spent an inspiring...
Lockdown Walks - What's the secret behind Autumn colours?
Woolly jumpers, pumpkin-picking, steaming mugs of cocoa - there are lots of things to love about Autumn (or Fall for our North American friends)! And surely nothing can beat those beautiful Autumn colours? But what's the secret behind those amazing hues of red, orange and yellow? We all enjoy kicking through piles of crunchy leaves, but why do...
My background includes a BSc. in Environmental Science at the University of Sheffield and a PhD from Imperial College before working at the NERC Centre for Population Biology and the University of Zurich.
Using your science to explore the climate history of Mars
Mars today is colder than Antarctica and drier than the Sahara — but scratch just beneath its dusty red coating and tales of a different planet emerge. The young Mars of three billion years ago was an Earth-like place of rain, rivers, and perhaps even oceans. Though long-gone, the rocks remember. In the lab, and through a simple understanding...
Why is Oxford's Botanic Garden making gin?
Established in 1621, the Oxford Botanic Garden was the first botanic garden in the UK. It has been - and remains – an invaluable resource for education, scientific research, and conservation. But recently it’s added another feather to its cap, teaming up with The Oxford Artisan Distillery to produce its very own ‘Physic Gin’. So what exactly is...
Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, forgetful, determined.