Dr Paul Alexander BSc (Hons), PhD

Head of Horticultural and Environmental Science (HES)

I am a soil scientist by training but increasingly involved in a much wider research remit focusing largely on improving the sustainability of resource use in horticulture. Whilst the majority of my research is aimed at improving the practice of amateur gardeners I also work with commercial growers. This is reflected by my membership of several industry / Defra working groups that are attempting to define which growing media are more environmentally “responsible.”


Dr Tijana Blanusa BSc, MSc, PhD

Principal Horticultural Scientist

I obtained my BSc (Crop Science) and MSc (Plant Physiology) from the University of Belgrade and joined the RHS after completing my PhD in Plant Physiology (East Malling Research / Lancaster University) in 2003. I am based at the University of Reading where I work in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development and collaborate with other departments and external organisations (University of Sheffield and Imperial College London; Universities of Siena and Bologna, Italy; University of Belgrade, Serbia).


Dr Eleanor Webster BSc, PhD

Climate Scientist

I received a 1st class honours in Environmental Science at the University of Nottingham before moving to Queen Mary University of London to undertake a PhD. My undergraduate project focused on the influence of climate change on the quality of grapes for viticulture across three continents. I then undertook a NERC CASE (Broads Authority) studentship at Queen Mary investigating the effect of sea level rise on carbon storage in lowland peatlands.

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