Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Laura works in the field of pollinator ecotoxicology in agricultural landscapes and is studying the impacts of chronic pesticide exposure on bumblebee learning and memory. Bumblebees provide a vital ecosystem service in the form of pollination. Research suggests that increasingly intensive agricultural practices may be catalysing pollinator decline in agricultural landscapes. In 2016, Laura graduated from the University of Bath with a First class BSc (Hons) degree in Biology and a professional placement year in 2016; she is currently a PhD student at Rothamsted Research as part of the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership with the University of Nottingham. Laura's PhD project aims to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms of honey bee learning and memory pathways implicated during pesticide exposure and investigate how these impact behaviours.
- Molecular impacts of chronic pesticide exposure on honey bee learning and memory
- Current - PhD in Molecular Biology, Rothamsted Research/University of Nottingham, England
- 2016 - First Class Bachelor (Hons) of Science, Biology (with Professional Placement), University of Bath, England