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Jim Stevens

Jim Stevens

Colchester Co-ordinator

I'm a PhD student at Essex trying to make barley more tolerant of drought, so I hope Pint of Scientists everywhere will thank me when I'm done. I play rugby occasionally, despite the advancing years. My fave scientist is the shamefully-ignored Rosalind Franklin, who was at Birkbeck for some years.

Shellie Wall

Shellie Wall

Colchester Co-ordinator

I'm a second year PhD student in plant physiology at the University of Essex analysing the distribution of stomata over leaves, in collaboration with NIAB and Bayer. I love being in the greenhouse, in the pub, with friends, the natural history museum, and i love skiing, photography and books!!

Chris Clarkson

Chris Clarkson

Beautiful Mind Event Organiser

I'm doing a PhD in Computational Biology on Epigenetic Modifications of Chromatin at the University of Essex. My areas of interest are Data Science, Machine Learning and Website design to display experimental results. My hobbies include Lacrosse, reading and football.

Kirsty Nicholass Matthews

Kirsty Nicholass Matthews

Beautiful Mind Publicity Officer

I’m a second year PhD student at the University Essex, I research European grassland diversity with a heavy focus on molecular ecology. When I’m not in the lab I enjoy outdoor adventures, arts and crafts and being by the sea.

Alex Bowles

Alex Bowles

Planet Earth Publicity officer

I'm a first year PhD student “Evolutionary Genomics: the emergence of drought tolerance in plants”. I'm using a mixture of tools to identify genes for plant adaptations to drought. I previously worked as a research assistant at Kew Gardens on the PAFTOL (Plant and Fungal Tree of Life) project.

Danielle Harris

Danielle Harris

Planet Earth Publicity officer

I’m a third year PhD, “Using thermal niche theory to predict freshwater biofilm community dynamics”. Part of ‘Ring of Fire’, a NERC-funded project, investigating impacts of rising temperatures on freshwater ecosystems. I keep active through running and yoga and I’m also wine enthusiast!

John Stamford

John Stamford

Planet Earth Event Organiser

I’m a third year PhD student at the University of Essex working on plant imaging as a way to identify how healthy plants are. Outside of science I play guitar, and when I have a spare moment of time try to load up a video game (mainly simulation or strategy games) or a tabletop game with friends.

Smaranda Sava

Smaranda Sava

Our Society Event Organiser

I’m a volunteering coordinator at the University of Essex. We create volunteering opportunities for students to develop transferable skills. I’m interested in seeing if by using marketing to appeal to the rational side of the consumer, NGOs can be more successful in raising awareness of their cause.

Reem Al Mealla

Reem Al Mealla

Our Society Publicity officer

I’m a second year PhD student at the University of Essex on the accretional health of coral reefs in three bio-regions. A nature lover by default, an environmental activist by concern and a nomad through my Arab Bedouin tribal roots, I have a passion for healing and finding peace in this fast world

Jack Matthews

Jack Matthews

Planet Earth Publicity Officer

I’m a final year PhD student at the University of Essex; my research investigates how plants acclimate to dynamic light conditions. I’m a proud father of (soon to be) two, and in my spare time I like to read, spend time in the garden, and play board games with family and friends.

Danielle Gomes

Danielle Gomes

Our Society Publicity officer

I work at the University of Essex as a Senior Research Support Officer where I support researchers with data acquisition for important projects that will advise policy and have the potential to better our society. I am generally fairly active and in my spare time I like to dance and exercise.

Fionnuala Mckenna

Fionnuala Mckenna

Beautiful Mind Publicity officer

I’m a PhD student at the University of Essex. I am interested in all things genetics, particularly in relation to human diseases such as cancer. My research investigates the role of genes in prostate, breast and colon cancer. I’m looking forward to some scientific discussions over a pint or two!

Duncan Sweeney

Duncan Sweeney

Beautiful Mind Publicity Officer

I’m a third year PhD student studying plant-microbe interactions at the University of Essex, assessing how plants affect soil communities and vice versa, using Wheat as a model C3 crop. In my free time I like to read, game, visit places with friends, learn languages and train my two Cockatiels.