New site managers at ECN Wallingford
Following the departure of Michèle, former ECN Site Manager at Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire, the role is being shared by two CEH staff, Stefanie Schäfer and Denise Pallett.
Michèle managed the ECN site at Wytham expertly and she will be much missed. We wish her all the best for the future. Thankfully, Steffi and Denise have stepped in to take her place, and we’re confident they’ll do a great job!
Steffi is a molecular ecologist with a special interest in ticks, mosquitoes, and vector-borne pathogens. She completed her Diploma thesis at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany, in 1997 and joined CEH in 2003.
Denise is a plant virologist, qualifying with a Ph.D. from Dundee University in 1998. She began working at CEH the same year, and has worked on a range of projects concerned with viruses in plants.
The ECN Site Manager role is a varied one and involves a wide range of tasks such as taking regular measurements, collecting samples for analysis back in the lab, checking the equipment, managing all the data from the site and liaising with visiting researchers. Steffi and Denise are sharing the role, which enables them to continue their on-going scientific work at CEH. We wish them all the best in their new role.