I am a second year DPhil student supervised by Prof Andy Hector (Oxford), Dr Melanie Gibbs & Dr Karsten Schonroggë (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford) and Dr Nadia Barsoum (Forest Research). My research is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through the Oxford NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.
My research project utilises the TreeDivNet network of experimental forestry plantations to address the susceptibility of forests differing in tree diversity to pests and pathogens.
I am interested in why tree communities differ in their pest and pathogen loads, and how this can be translated into sustainable forestry policy & practice.
I recently wrote a blog for Observatree, the tree health citizen science project, on my study organisms, the oak powdery mildew – Quercus robur pathosystem.
I previously worked with the Plant Ecology group for my undergraduate research project, which investigated stabilising mechanisms in the legume-rhizobia symbiosis.
Westhoek, A, Field, E., Rehling, F., Mulley, G., Webb, I., Poole, P. and Turnbull, L. (2017). Policing the Legume-Rhizobium Symbiosis: A Critical Test of Partner Choice. Nature Scientific Reports 7 (1): 1419. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01634-2.