Miss Rose McKeon

PhD Researcher

Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA.

Miss Rose McKeon

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About me

About me

I am working towards completing a research PhD in BES, supervised by Matt Tinsley and funded via the NERC IAPETUS2 DTP. The focus of my research is fungal biopesticide resistance evolution in a major crop pest: Helicoverpa armigera (the cottonboll moth).

I completed my BSc in Biology with Honours in 2020 at the University of Stirling. During my undergrad, I became entranced by evolutionary theory. I focused my research project on using individual-based modelling to understand how strong the selection against the evolution of polyploidy in flowering plants really is.

Before my undergrad, I worked as a web developer and graphic designer in the North of England. I completed Art College in 2004, learnt to code, and set about trying to make the web a more beautiful and functional place. I'm maintaining these skills by developing educational and research focused apps that integrate with ecological and evolutionary models.

Research

I'm interested in how manipulating agricultural environments can effect the evolution of resistance to biopesticides by moving evolutionary goal posts. Specifically I'm researching the genetic basis of biopesticide resistance evolution in H. armigera in response to particular crop and pathogen treatments. My research will also investigate life history traits and trade-offs associated with resistance.

Teaching

Teaching

I've provided teaching assistance with Field Skills, Stats, and Population and Community Ecology. I have also created interactive web apps which are used as educational tools.

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