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Miss Annalene Hansen BSc

MRes Advanced Biological Science student

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Annalene Hansen is an MRes Advanced Biological Science student within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I have graduated with a Upper Second class Honours in BSc Biological Science from the University of Southampton in 2019.

I explored the plasticity of domesticated Brassica rapa var. trilocularis and its wild progenitor, undertaking a cross-comparative assay exploring both phenotypic traits and the epigenomic DNA methylation. I looked at competitive stress on both, evaluating how the process of domestication can hinder or enhance the crops that we grow in our fields.

Research interests

Previously, my research and interests have been grounded in animal ecology, behaviour and ecosystem interactions. Bat ecology, sexual selection and optimal foraging theory elicit a few of the topics I have explored. Studying in the Belizean Chiquibul National park has broadened my knowledge of lowland and submontane tropical forests and the prevalence of such forests to our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity.

When feasability of expanding our arable land use is low, and has detrimental effects, research over the past 30 years has focussed on increasing efficiency of our crops. Combined factors of climate change, degradation of soils, and dwindling arable land motivated me to branch away from ecological processes and delve into the topic of food security and crop tolerance.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science

A broad degree, entailing many modules stemming from a diverse range of topics in biological science. It has allowed me to tailor the module I study to enhance my research. Previously, my expertise has been centred around ecological processes; this degree has allowed me the freedom to understand more molecular processes in depth, widening my knowledge in a variety of disciplines.

Aims for the future

To study at PhD level on crop tolerance, exploring genomic processes that confer tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress. After gaining my PhD, I hope to become a research scientist.

Supervisor: Dr Mark Chapman

Research group

Plants and Food Security

Affiliate research group

MRes Advanced Biological Science

Miss Annalene Hansen
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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