Short CV of Rosemary Collier
Rosemary Collier is Director of Warwick Crop Centre, which is part of the School of Life Sciences at The University of Warwick, UK (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/wcc).
The centre's expertise includes: crop breeding, plant pathology, entomology, agronomy, crop nutrition and environmental research.
Rosemary's research interests are concerned mainly with Integrated Pest Management in field crops. Particular areas of interest include the host-plant finding behaviour of phytophagous insects, the phenology and ecology of insects and mites, including the impact of climate change, and the development of decision support systems for agriculture. Her studies on host-plant finding, in collaboration with Stan Finch, have improved understanding of the effect of plant colour, size and shape on host-plant selection by phytophagous insects. This in turn has led to a better understanding of how companion plants could be deployed to reduce colonisation by pest insects in field crops. Research on insect phenology has led to computer models to forecast pest insect attacks and this is in turn has led to an interest in the development of decision support systems for agriculture and their role in Integrated Farming.
Rosemary is the leader of two Masters courses in the School of Life Sciences at Warwick: 'Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century' and 'Food Security'. She currently has 3 PhD students, two of whom are working on IPM projects.
Rosemary has been a member of the IOBC Working Group on Integrated Control in Field Vegetable Crops for about 30 years and is a past convenor of the group.