Dr Laura Vickers BSc PhD
- Integrated Countryside Management C6016
- Introduction to Biosci C4004
- Commodity Crops and Fresh Produce Processing C5013
NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in the area of Horticulture - Facilitating knowledge exchange to help the horticultural sector meet global challenges
More information can be found at http://harper.ac.uk/HortKE
Steering Committee member for a University of Birmingham Centre for Learning and Academic Development Educationional Enhancement Project - investigating the use of videos pre-practical for undergraduate learning delivery
Organismal adaptability to environmental stress in particular plant adaptation and insect plasticity
Vickers, L. H., Grove, I. G. and Monaghan, J. M. (2014) Irrigation affects postharvest discolouration and yield in iceberg lettuce. Acta Hortiulturae
Vickers, L. H., Grove, I. G. and Monaghan, J. M. (2014) Soil type and irrigation affects onion yield and storability. Acta Horticulturae
Monaghan, J. M., Daccache, A., Vickers, L. H., Hess, T. M., Weatherhead, K. E., Grove, I. G. and Knox, J. W. (2013) More 'crop per drop': constraints and opportunities for precision irrigation in European agriculture. Journal of the Science of F ood and Agriculture
Vickers, L. H., Moorhouse, E. and Monaghan, J. (2013) FV413 - A review of the agronomic factors that influence postharvest pinking in lettuce. Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board
I have had a very board research career, having worked on the distribution and physiology of wild Caiman crocodilius yacare in Brazil as part of my undergraduate degree, before completing a PhD at the University of Birmingham on the response of aphids to drought. During my PhD I was awarded a Small Ecological Project Grant from the BES, to investigate the distribution of invertebrates in an underground canal system in an inner city area of the Black Country. The project was successfully covered by the BBC in a series of local television and radio interviews.
After my PhD I took up a postdoc role at Harper Adams University, within the Fresh Produce Research Centre. My research involved investigating the use of deficit irrigation in lettuce and onion crop systems to save water, and evaluated the impact of this form of irrigation on crop yield, marketability and storability. I then returned to the University of Birmingham for a year to undertake a teaching focused lecturing role where I delivered first, second and third year undergraduate modules in plant and environmental science before leaving to take up a permanent lectureship in the Crops Department at Harper Adams University.
My areas of expertise are in organismal adaptability to environmental stress, in particular water stress. I am also involved in research into teaching enhancement and regularly involve myself in public outreach activities.