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Congrats Dr Jardine!

And a belated congratulations to Emma, who passed her PhD viva and has now moved on to work with Andy Hector and Lindsay Turnbull at the University of Oxford.

Check out Emma’s blog here. It’s good stuff.

The first farmers

Colin wrote a piece in The Conversation about our recent paper on seed size selection by early farmers. link


Julia, Angie, Beth and Jason all graduated with their PhDs last week. Congratulations!

The Conversation

Angie is spending a busy few weeks revising a paper, analysing her experimental data, and moonlighting as science editor at The Conversation. Since articles published there can be reproduced under the Creative Commons licence, we’ll be reposting some recent pieces by lab members in the coming days.

PhD opportunity

Leverhulme Centre for Advanced Biological Modelling

University of Sheffield


Intermediate complexity models of plant metabolism and growth


Colin Osborne (Dept. of Animal and Plant Sciences), Nick Monk (School of Mathematics and Statistics), Richard Clayton (Dept. of Computer Science)

Project Outline

Improving crop photosynthesis is a major international research priority, which aims to deliver […]

In the field

Colin has been in the field with Mark Rees and Glynis Jones, scoping out potential sites in Turkey for future work. We’ve been working with Turkish colleagues Ferit Kocacinar and Hakan Ozkan in places where wheat, barley, lentil and chickpea all grow wild, right in the heart of the Fertile Crescent close to the River […]

Parliamentary Shadowing

Rebecca and Catherine were both selected to take part in the British Ecological Parliamentary Shadowing scheme this year. Rebecca spent two days in Brussels at the European Parliament shadowing Chris Davies MEP and Catherine was at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff with Alun Davies AM. Both experiences were extremely enjoyable and useful insights into the […]

Angie went to Parliament!

Angie attended Voice of the Future on Wednesday 19th March 2014. This is an event where young scientists pose questions to MPs; Angie’s account can be found here:


SEB PhD students Angie and Tina in Parliament


Angie’s trip to the US

Angie spent an exciting few weeks in snowy New York working at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She analysed the carbohydrate content and composition of barley leaf samples from an experiment carried out in Sheffield. Angie’s thrilled with the new dataset and is looking forward to designing her next experiment accordingly!


Tanzania Expedition!

Marjorie and Pascal-Antoine embarked on a trip to Tanzania in January to find the grass Alloteropsis semialata in the wild. They were lucky enough to find some populations using the C3 photosynthetic pathway as well as other populations using the C4 pathway. On this successful trip, they gained important insight into the habitat characteristics of […]