Dr Alice Mockford, whose PhD looked at using insects as a natural means to regulate pests in Spanish orange orchards, graduated in 2022.
Her work focused on ways to harness the services provided by certain insects to protect oranges. Now she is doing further research work in Germany. “We must change current food production methods and our consumer habits if we are to alleviate the pressure we are putting on our planet's ecosystems,” said Alice. “I am pleased that my research has contributed, even if just a little, to supporting biodiversity and sustainable food production.”
Alice has recently published the first research article based on her PhD in the journal Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment. She has also presented her work at several international conferences, including the European Congress of Entomology in Naples, Italy, in 2018 and the International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki, Finland, this year. She has received two prizes for her research, at the Waitrose Science Day (2019) and at the IOBC meeting for Integrated Control in Citrus Crops (2022). She said: “During my time at Worcester and with the support of my Director of Studies, Dr Duncan Westbury, and my supervisory team I have developed professionally and grown in confidence as a researcher.”