I joined CABI in January 2023 as a Project Manager as part of the Digital Development team. I work on several projects including the Global Burden of Crop Loss initiative which brings together data, partners and ideas to provide a detailed account of how many crops we lose to what factors in different parts of the globe and the Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) which helps to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by reducing crop losses caused by pests across four sub-Saharan African countries. More recently, I joined the Soil Information Service (SIS) project.
I have an Honours BSc from the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College, a Master’s in Anthropology from Trent University and a PhD in Archaeobotany from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL), UK. I spent five years as a postdoc at UCL on the Comparative Pathways to Agriculture (ComPAg) Project looking at the origin of agriculture, mainly in South Asia. I also spent one year on the Early Rice Project at UCL looking at the spread of rice cultivation throughout Asia.
Pests can decimate crops and are estimated to cause around a 40% loss. These insects, mites and plant pathogens can impact on food security and impede supply chains and international trade. A Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) aims to solve this problem by using data to help farmers manage pests in up to five countries in sub-Saharan Africa.