Laura researches the dispersal of animal diseases.
Laura's areas of expertise include:
The main focus of Laura's work is a collaborative project with the Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright, to develop an early-warning system to advise Defra of incursions of Bluetongue disease to the UK, by wind-borne infected midges. Her work assimilates field and laboratory experiments on the flight characteristics of midges into the Met Office's Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME).
Laura is also currently in her final year of a PhD, with the School of Geography at the University of Exeter. For her thesis, she works closely with IAH and Rothamsted Research to research the impacts of weather and climate change on the spread of disease vectors and crop pests.
As part of the Atmospheric Dispersion Research and Response Group, Laura helps maintain the capability of the Met Office to provide scientific support to
IAH and the UK government during outbreaks of animal
diseases such as FMD.
Prior to joining the Met Office in 2006, Laura completed a BSc in Geophysics at the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading