I studied Zoology at Dundee University before investigating the effects of alternative prey on biological control by generalist predators in arable crops. This PhD research was conducted at Cardiff University under the supervision of Prof. William Symondson and Prof. Mike Bruford. I remained at Cardiff as a Research Assistant working within CRIPES; firstly with Jo Lello developing the cockroach and gregarine model, and secondly with Jo Cable investigating alternative methods of culturing the ‘white spot’ fish parasite. I have also worked in contract research carrying out trials to test pesticides and repellents including trials on mosquitoes. Currently, I work within the insecticide group of a contract research company focusing on agricultural pesticide trials.
Position: R and D Agronomist
Location: Eurofins Agroscience Services Ltd
King A.R., Morenoripoll R., Agusti N., Shayler S.P., Bell J.R., Bohan D.A., Symondson W.O.C. (2010) Multiplex reactions for the molecular detection of predation on pest and nonpest invertebrates in agroecosystems. Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 370-373 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-0998.2010.02913.x
Agusti N., Shayler S.P., Harwood J.D., Vaughan I.P., Sunderland K.D., Symondson W.O.C. (2003). Collembola as alternative prey sustaining spiders in arable ecosystems: prey detection within predators using molecular markers. Molecular Ecology 12: 3467-3475 http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-294X.2003.02014.x