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Dr Laura Vickers BSc PhD


Teaching Duties

Module Leader:

  • Integrated Countryside Management C6016
  • Introduction to Biosci C4004
  • Commodity Crops and Fresh Produce Processing C5013

Research/Other Duties

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 

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

Research interests

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

Academic Department: Crop and Environment Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815288

Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

Twitter: @DrLHVickers

Office: Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

Research profile: ORCID


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Additional Information

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.


You can contact Dr Laura Vickers if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules:



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