I am Matthew and I am undertaking a PhD looking into the genetic diversity of root phenotypes in potatoes to overcome soil constraints. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (focusing on Ecology) at Lancaster University in 2017, having previously studied at Warwick University prior to this in 2011. I studied Sustainable Agriculture and Plant Physiology as well and decided that I wanted my career to focus on this area. Whilst at Lancaster University, I was lucky enough to have some of my research published and, although the journal in question subsequently folded, my research into the impact of Rhododendron ponticum as an invasive species on ecosystem functioning is still available online. I also worked in the Soil Laboratory at Lancaster University for a number of months assisting a PhD student with his research into the differences between invasive and native New Zealand grass species.

Before returning to university, I worked as a science presenter for Mad Science North West and as a supply teacher in schools; however, found that returning to study was the right choice for me. Aside from studying, I am a keen musician, having played trumpet and piano each for over 20 years and having toured Europe several times as support acts for artists like Madonna, Madness, and George Benson.