Louise Gathercole

PhD student


Trait Diversity and Function


Plant Health and Adaptation


Genomics, bioinformatics, landscape genomics, plant health, oak trees

I am a doctoral researcher working towards a PhD with Kew and Queen Mary University London, studying the genomes of oak trees and their microbiota. My first project analysed the metagenomics of the oak tree in relation to acute oak decline and I am currently working on a landscape genomics project covering oak trees at 60 British locations.

  • MSc Neuroscience (specialism in Genetics), King's College London Distinction, 2019
  • Associate of King's College (winner of Barry and Leathes prizes), 2019
  • Certified Coach, International Coach Academy, 2015
  • PGCE, Institute of Education, 2002
  • MA Heritage Management, University of Greenwich, 2000
  • BA(Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 1994

Gathercole, L.A.P.; Nocchi, G.; Brown, N.; Coker, T.L.R.; Plumb, W.J.; Stocks, J.J.; Nichols, R.A.; Denman, S.; Buggs, R.J.A. (2021)

Evidence for the Widespread Occurrence of Bacteria Implicated in Acute Oak Decline from Incidental Genetic Sampling.

Forests 12: 1683.

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