parasitology.insects as disease vectorssustainable agricultureThermal biology
Stuart Hands studied Zoology at the University of Durham, Trevelyan College. Whilst in Durham Stuart conducted a research project on the thermal biology of the invasive Signal Crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, this triggered an enduring fascination with the physiological interactions between ectothermic organisms and their environment. Having completed his BSc Stuart moved to the University of York to study for a MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management, this culminated in a collaborative project with the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen on how the co-grazing of sheep and red deer impacts on their gut parasite load. Most recently Stuart has been working towards his PhD in another collaborative setting this time between the University of Birmingham and Koppert Biological Systems on how the efficacy of the parasitoid Diglyphus isaea as a biological control agent of the Tomato Leafminer, Liromyza bryoniae, is affected by various biotic and abiotic factors.