I am a Lecturer in Biology with the Geographical and Life Sciences department at CCCU, North Holmes Campus, where I currently teach on modules from Foundation through to Level 6.
Before joining Canterbury Christ Church University in 2012, I was a postdoctoral researcher at at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM). I obtained a PhD in ecology at NUIM in 2011. Both my postdoctoral and PhD research was focused on risk assessment of insect-killing nematodes and fungi that are used as biological control agents against insect pests. In addition, I hold a Masters level degree in Biology with an emphasis on animal and plant physiological ecology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany (Biologie Diplom, 2007), where I also completed my undergraduate studies.
I have been a Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University since 2012, where I currently am the module director for 'Communications & Analysis in Science' (Level 5) and also teach on Foundation Science, 'Variety of Life', 'The Organism and its Environment', 'Microbiology' (Level 4) and 'Pests, Parasites & Pathogens' (Level 6). I also supervise individual study students (Level 6).
My academic interests include biological control, invertebrate behaviour, ecological interactions involving insects and other invertebrates and insect/plant interactions.
Research and knowledge exchange
My research experience ranges from sampling soil and wood in the field to using molecular techniques used in the laboratory. For my research on biological control using entomopathogenic nematodes, I used a variety of laboratory- and field-based experimental approaches. To identify field isolated nematodes and fungi, I designed and used molecular techniques including Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) and DNA sequencing. For my Masters level research in Tuebingen, I used protein extraction and analysis techniques (Western-Blot, Bradford-assay).
I am currently interested in investigating the effect of stress in insects on their susceptibility to entomopathogens (nematodes and fungi). Additional areas of interest include optimising the efficacy of entomopathogenic biocontrol agents and the behaviour of nematodes and insects. This research is informed by consultation with the biocontrol industry (e.g. Becker Underwood and Fargro).
Teaching and subject expertise
I am the year-tutor for Level 5 in the Section of Life Sciences and direct the modules 'Variety of Life' (Level 4), 'Communications & Analysis in Science' (Level 5) and 'Individual Study' (Level 6).
In addition, I teach on the following modules across the Life Sciences degree programmes:
'Pests, Parasites & Pathogens' (Level 6), 'Practical Ecology' (Level 6).
I also supervise undergraduate students on their dissertation work (Level 6) and supervise PhD research students.
Publications and research outputs
Harvey, C. (2015) Integrated pest management in temperate horticulture - seeing the wood for the trees. CAB Reviews, 10 (028). pp. 1-13.
Williams, C., Dillon, A., Harvey, C., Hennessy, R., Namara, L. and Griffin, C. (2013) Control of a major pest of forestry, Hylobius abietis, with entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi using eradicant and prophylactic strategies. Forest Ecology and Management, 305. pp. 212-222.
Harvey, C. and Griffin, C. T. (2012) Host activity and wasp experience affect parasitoid wasp foraging behaviour and oviposition on nematode-infected larvae of the forestry pest Hylobius abietis. Ecological Entomology, 37 (4). pp. 269-282. ISSN 1365-2311.
Harvey, C., Alameen, K. and Griffin, C. T. (2012) 12) The impact of entomopathogenic nematodes on a non-target, service-providing longhorn beetle is limited by targeted application when controlling forestry pest Hylobius abietis. Biological Control, 62 (3). 173 - 182. ISSN 1049-9644.