John ColvinProfessor of Entomology and Plant-Virus Epidemiology
Organization: University of Greenwich - London, UK
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After a first degree in Zoology at Oxford, John pursued his interests in applied entomology by completing an MSc with Distinction in Pest and Disease Management, at London University, Imperial College at Silwood Park. He then spent three years studying for a PhD on cotton-bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, moth migration at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, working on mosquito and tsetse fly behaviour, John joined the Overseas Development Natural Resources Institute as an entomologist. Since then, John has worked on many different economically important insect pests and plant viruses and has travelled to over 30 countries to carry out research and field work. He is recognized internationally as a leading researcher in a wide range of subjects and has authored and co-authored more than 145 scientific publications, book chapters, knowledge-transfer and media articles. John believes strongly in the need to train and mentor the next generation of scientists and this is one of the core components of the African Cassava Whitefly project.