Ellen Goddard

Loughborough University


Invasive alien carnivorous plants: ecology, function and management of the purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) in Europe


Dr Jon Millett

PhD Summary

The aims of this PhD are to determine the current and likely future extent of Sarracenia in Europe, and provide evidence to support management of existing populations. The objectives are to determine controls over geographic variability in European Sarracenia populations compared to its native range in N. America, and how function and distribution might change in the future. The PhD will also investigate the impact of non-native Sarracenia on existing communities and the effectiveness and impact of Sarracenia control measures.

What inspires you

Growing up in Norfolk I have always been surrounded by wildlife. I always had a curiosity for animals and insects, with my Dad always teaching me about plants. My love of plant biology majorly started when I went on an overseas field course and investigated the effect of the invasive plant species Carpobrotus edulis.

Previous activity

I studied an integrated masters (masters of bioscience with biology) at the University of Lincoln. Slowly specialising in plant biology through both of my dissertations and several ecology modules.

Why did you choose doctoral research?

Doctoral research allows me to further develop my interest in plant biology, and continue to develop my understanding of plant biology. Conducting research is something I am extremely passionate about, undertaking doctoral research will allow me to further develop as a researcher and learn new techniques.

Why did you choose CENTA?

CENTA combines my passion of doctoral research with my drive to learn new techniques, the training element will allow me to learn new skills that may not have been available to me in a normal PhD, having a larger cohort of peers from various universities is something that drew me to the programme.

Future plans

Studying this PhD at the University of Loughborough will allow me to grow as a researcher and help me continue into a career in research, hopefully undertaking post hoc positions in similar areas. The training and work placement will provide a lot of experience in other plant related career paths.