I joined CABI in 2005 where I worked on the Plantwise Knowledge Bank. I was responsible for finding, compiling and editing the most relevant evidence-based diagnostic, treatment, and distribution information on crop pests and diseases, and presenting this in the most practical and accessible format, helping farmers to grow more and lose less.
Prior to Plantwise I worked in the Primary Journals editorial group and then in the Environmental Sciences team, where I was Editor of Forestry Abstracts, Forest Science and Environmental Impact internet resources. I spent five years as Coordinator of Distribution Maps of Plant Pests and Diseases, researching and mapping global distributions of pests and diseases of economic importance. I coordinated the validation of these maps by both taxonomic and regional authorities, including European Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation, Natural History Museum London, US Department of Agriculture, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Biosecurity Australia.
Before I joined CABI I studied Biological Sciences at Oxford University and spent a month volunteering on a microfinance development project in Tanzania. Whilst working for CABI I completed a part-time MSc in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation at Imperial College, studying the effects of heathland management on carabid beetle communities.
The global cost of invasive species is estimated at US$1.4 trillion per year – close to 5% of global gross domestic product. Invasives disproportionately affect vulnerable communities in poor rural areas, especially in developing countries which depend on natural resources, healthy ecosystems, trade and tourism for their livelihoods.
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