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Neil McRoberts

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

Research Statement:

Research in the Quantitative Biology & Epidemiology (QBE) lab is concerned with the dynamics of plant diseases at many different scales from the microscopic to the global. We are interested in how plant pathogens and plants interact at an organismal level; how those interactions result in the reproduction and dispersal processes of pathogens, which in turn result in disease epidemics at field and larger scales; how those epidemics result in management decisions being made by people; how the resulting management actions taken feed back into the dynamics of the epidemics over short and long time scales; and how all of those interactions contribute to the sustainability of food production and its environmental impact. We deliberately take a very broad view of epidemiology which encompasses elements of biology, social sciences, economics, computer modelling techniques and applied mathematics and statistics.

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