PhD student at the University of Southampton, working with subsistence farmers in Papua New Guinea.

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 was on subgenus Rubus (brambles) classification as their current classification system groups them into sections, subsections, series and microspecies. She combined morphological data from digital geometric morphometric analysis to provide a new framework for wild blackberry classification. She has worked on Fusarium wilt of bananas and theoretical modelling of biocontrol agent application at the University of Exeter.

Juniper started up GOES magazine ( 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.

Twitter: GOESbyJuniper (



Institution/Company: University of Southampton

Career Status:
Graduate Student

Research Areas:
Ecophysiology, Education and Outreach, Environmental Plant Biology, Evolution



Current Affiliations
Experience & Education