Second year Plant Biology undergrad at Aberystwyth University (Wales) and ASPB Social Media and Digital Communications Intern.
Juniper started her part-time undergraduate degree at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK) on the Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation BSc Honours course while working at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB, Cambridge, UK) full-time as a Field Trials Technician and Team Leader. She worked on cereal, pulse and oilseed rape crop variety trials using image analysis for DUS-testing. She also worked at CABI (Egham, UK) with the Invasive Species Management team in 2013 and 2015.
She received the Anglia Trust Foundation Scholarship three times (2015, 2016, and 2017) to do research in the Namib Desert, Finland and Nepal. During her latest trip to Nepal, she lived at host families and worked on small farms in rural areas and then visited the Plant Protection Directorate (Ministry of Agriculture) where CABI’s Plantwise program is implemented and compiled a Plant Clinic newsletter. She is passionate about how research reaches small farm holders in developing countries and how technological advancements can be applied in the field. After her trip she transferred to Aberystwyth University (Wales, UK) to continue her undergraduate studies in Plant Biology. She is a Golden Opportunities Scholar awarded by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science and Soil Science which enabled her to attend the AGM in Phoenix in 2016. Her dissertation is on subgenus Rubus (brambles) classification as their current classification system groups them into sections, subsections, series and microspecies. She is combining morphological data from digital geometric morphometric analysis and genetic data from cpDNA and nDNA PCR and cloning to reveal microspecies as ecotypes..
Juniper started up GOES magazine (www.goesmagazine.org) and publishes science student articles in an interactive, open access way. She edits and designs articles within 24 hours after submission using online sharing platforms which allows the authors to see every step of the publishing. With the ‘Be the change’ grant from the Global Sustainability Institute (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK) she also ran non-compulsory ‘mini-module’ with her lecturer for her own classmates about science communication and publishing.
She is well-known for her ‘infectious enthusiasm’, endless drive to motivate others, backpacker-style sample collection trips and being a fan of statistics. She looks forward to getting to know more students and collaborate with more professors in the USA with ASPB Conviron Scholars Program and hoping to start a PhD after her undergraduate graduation in 2019.
Twitter: GOESbyJuniper (https://twitter.com/GOESbyJuniper)