Photo of Patricia Ortega Ramos. Credit: Rothamsted Research



PhD student

Biointeractions and Crop Protection


Patricia is interested in biointeractions, mainly insect-plant interactions, and statistical modelling within the agricultural landscape. She is also interested in the role of insects in ecosystem functions, particularly pest control. Her undergraduate degree in Biology and her Master’s in Ecology provided her with a diverse knowledge and training about the processes governing the organization and functioning of communities and ecosystems. During her PhD at Rothamsted she will be studying the ecology of Psylliodes crysocephala (the cabbage stem flea beetle; CSFB) in oilseed rape crops. This project is supervised by Sam Cook (Rothamsted Research), Alice Mauchline and Robbie Girling (University of Reading) and Larissa Collins (FERA).  Patricia will focus on investigating long-term temporal and spatial patterns of CSFB populations to determine key factors causing CSFB population increases, and will lead to a better understanding of pest and natural enemy responses to crop management practices and effects on yield. 


01582 763 133


    Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ


      PhD project title:

      Investigations into the ecology of cabbage stem flea beetle in winter oilseed rape crops


      2017 – Master of Science in Ecology, Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain.

      2015 – Bachelor of Science in Biology, Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain.