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dept-phot    DR REBECCA UPSON             PhD BA (Hons)


               E.mail: 
rebecca.upson@conservation.org.fk
                                                                                                              
Research Interests

My broad research interests lie within the field of polar / alpine plant ecology and ecophysiology. To date my research has focused on the diversity and physiological ecology of mycorrhizal associations in polar/ alpine habitats, liverwort-fungal interactions (especially Cephaloziella varians and Rhizoscyphus ericae) and fungal phylogenetics. In particular I have been delving into the weird and wonderful world of dark septate root fungal endophytes.


Career        

Plant Conservation Officer, Falklands Conservation, Stanley, Falkland Islands, June 2007 - present

 

Research assistant, Sheffield Molecular Genetics Facility, University of Sheffield,  August 2006 – May 2007

 


    
PhD, University of Sheffield, July 2002 – June 2006
Investigated the status of dark septate root endophytic fungi in Antarctic plant communities. Supervised by Emeritus Prof. David Read FRS and Dr. Kevin Newsham. NERC and British Antarctic Survey CASE funded PhD studentship. 

BA (Hons) Plant Sciences, Girton College, University of Cambridge, 1998 – 2001     


Society Memberships        
British Ecological Society

British Mycological Society

Society for Experimental Biology



Courses    
International Diploma in Plant conservation Strategies, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, June – August 2007

Communicating Science to the Public (NERC funded), Polaris House, Swindon, 6-7 Feb 2007


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
University of Sheffield, Sept 2003 – July 2005

Intensive course in Molecular Systematics
Plant Sciences Department, Reading University, Spring 2005
    
Identification of Ectomycorrhizal fungi – from root tip to sequence
Funded by the Nordic Academy for Advanced Study (NorFA) and hosted by The Department of Biology, University of Oslo, Norway, 29/08/04 -10/09/04



Teaching Experience         
Level 1 and Level 2 Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of
Sheffield: demonstrator for various plant, soil and fungal practical classes (2003 - 2004)

Part IA Biology of Cells, University of Cambridge. Demonstrator for all practical classes on course Oct-Nov 2001



Publications    

R. Upson, D. J. Read, K. K. Newsham (2007) Widespread association between the ericoid mycorrhizal fungus Rhizoscyphus ericae and a leafy liverwort in the maritime and sub-Antarctic
New Phytologist 176 (2) , 460–471 doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2007.02178.x


Upson, R., Newsham, K. K. and Read D.J. (2005) ‘The status of dark septate root and rhizoid-inhabiting fungal endophytes in three Antarctic plant species’ Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part IA 141: S219-S224


Oral & Poster presentations    
Upson, R., Newsham, K. K. and Read D.J. Antarctic dark septate root
fungal endophytes: diversity and function. 5th International Conference on Mycorrhiza (ICOM 5), Granada, Spain (Invited workshop contribution). 23rd – 27th July 2006. (Oral)
I was awarded a British Mycological Society (BMS) small grant to attend this meeting.

Upson, R., Newsham, K. K. and Read D.J. The status of dark septate root and rhizoid-inhabiting fungal endophytes in three Antarctic plant species. Annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB), Barcelona, Spain (Part of the Below Ground Processes session). July 2005. (Oral)
I was awarded an SEB travel grant to attend this meeting.

Upson, R., Newsham, K. K. and Read D.J. The phylogenetic affinities of dark septate endophytes from two Antarctic plant species: evidence for global ubiquity. Biological Sciences Division Posterday. University of Sheffield. May 2005. (Poster)

Upson, R., Newsham, K. K. and Read D.J. The status of dark septate fungi in Antarctic plant and soil communities. British Antarctic Survey’s annual Affiliated Funding Initiative Conference, Newnham College, Cambridge. September 2003. (Oral)