Dr KEVIN CAROLAN
Pathogen evolution modeller
Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Kevin works on the evolution of pests and pathogens in agricultural systems. Annually millions of tonnes of crop yield is lost due to pests and pathogens, and extensive control mechanisms have to be introduced to mitigate this loss. The evolution of resistance to these control mechanisms (chemical, or biological, such as cultivar immunity) poses large threats to yield sustainability.
To advance on this challenge, he brings a set of skills in evolutionary modelling, including SIR epidemiological modelling, implemented in the computer softwares R and C++.
Recent advances have resulted from the completion of the BBSRC HAPI project on the use of integrated chemical and biological control mechanisms to prolong the efficacy of disease control techniques. This is being prepared as an industry report and academic paper, and will eventually be developed into practical management advice for concerned growers.
PhD in disease ecology, University of Montpellier 2, France.