At present, I work mainly on the LATAM project. Focused on a remote area of study in the Valdivian forest of Argentina, this project aims to assess the changes in plant and fungal abundance and diversity across a region – encompassing distinct zones including the Andean steppe, and temperate forests. Logging, the development of pine plantations, and general human activity are all threatening the natural ecosystem and endemic species here, so data from this project is needed to help encourage and advise conservation efforts. Based in the laboratory, the core methods I use are: DNA extraction and purification (plant and soil DNA), library preparation for NGS (Illumina), root staining for fungal colonization, microscopy, flow cytometry.
- BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Placement, University of Bath, 2016