Biology welcomes new Associate Professor Tutorial Fellows
The Department welcome 2 new people in their capacity as Associate Professor Tutorial Fellows. Read more about them and their work below.
Associate Professor in Climate Change Biology, Tutorial Fellow at Wadham College
Joe joins the Department from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. He obtained a PhD from the Department of Life Sciences, MSc in Environmental Technology, and BSc in Physics – all from Imperial College London. Before starting at Kent, Joe spent over 2 years on a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Copenhagen, collaborating with the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate.
Joe’s research aims to explore whether and how net positive biodiversity outcomes and climate change mitigation can be achieved alongside economic development activities. To do so, he studies conservation strategies under climate change, compensatory conservation interventions (e.g. biodiversity offsetting), counterfactual ecological impact evaluation, ecosystem restoration for climate mitigation, social-ecological system dynamics, and ‘net gain’ for large organisations.
Much of Joe’s work over the last decade has focussed on dryland ecosystems in Central Asia and Australia, as well as temperate systems across Europe – particularly different vegetation communities, and the large mammals with which they interact.
Associate Professor in One Health, Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh's College
Rachel joins from the Jenner Institute in the Nuffield Department of Medicine where she studied for her DPhil and postdoctoral work on the design and evaluation of vaccines against tuberculosis (TB) and bovine tuberculosis. TB is a quintessentially One Health challenge, requiring a unified medical and veterinary inter/multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to tackle transmission between cattle, humans, extensive wildlife reservoirs and the environment.
Rachel's research in the Department of Biology will focus on immune mechanisms and correlates of protection from TB and bovine TB in humans, cattle and badgers to inform the rational design of improved vaccines.