Associate Lecturer / Resident Researcher, Horticulture
Research Interests and Current Research
Julia graduated with a first class degree in Biology and her thirst for knowledge led her to her current career path in Plant Pathology. She is now working towards a PhD, which is being funded by the Thomas Harrison Trust, and assessed by the University of Northampton.
Since 2011, Julia has been researching the influence of a Novel Green Manure on Specific Replant Disease on Sorbus aucuparia. Her study has consisted of a pot trial, seedling bioassay, and laboratory studies. Results have proven to be interesting and were presented at the conferences listed below. Most recently she was invited to be a speaker at the Australasian Plant Pathology Conference, Fremantle, Australia.
Outside of work Julia has a general interest in: pollination; evolutionary biology; developmental biology; biodiversity; human biology; genetics; sustainability; and new technologies.
Areas of Teaching Expertise
Alongside the PhD she also fulfils three other roles at Moulton College, namely; Associate Lecturer, HE Course Manager, and Duty Warden. Julia obtained a PGCE during her first three years at the College and is now contributing to the General Education, Further Education, and Higher Education provision.
Course Management – 2015 onwards
Full Time DFGH and Part Time HC53 Horticulture and Garden Design
Full Time DFAR and Part Time HC108 Arboriculture
Teaching expertise lies in: plant and soil science; plant health, individual project, and research methods.
Selected Recent Publications
Lock, J.J., Phillips, C., Sharp, R. & Littlemore, J. (2016) Getting to the root of the problem - replant disease in a rosaceous tree. Poster submission for SET for Britain, House of Commons.
Lock, J. J., Phillips, C., Littlemore, J. & Sharp, R. (2015) Novel Green Manure: Control of Specific Replant Disease on the rosaceous ornamental tree Sorbus aucuparia. Oral paper presented at the Australasian Plant Pathology Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Lock, J. J. (2015) Fake Plastic Trees. The Axe – The Official Quarterly Journal of the Municipal Tree Officer
Association 10(2): 15-16 http://issuu.com/macthetree/docs/axe__summer_2015/1
Lock, J. J., Phillips, C., Littlemore, J. & Sharp, R. (2014) The potential of a Novel Green Manure Radial growth of pathogens associated with replant disease. Poster Submission presented at Trees, People and the Built Environment Conference, University of Birmingham.
Lock, J. J., Phillips, C., Littlemore, J., and Sharp, R. (2014) The Potential of a Novel Green Manure - Radial growth of pathogens associated with replant disease. In: Giordano L., Ferrini, R., and Gonthier P. (eds) Conference and abstracts book of the European Conference of Arboriculture - Planning the Green City: Relationship between trees and infrastructures. Turin 26th-28th May 2014, DISAFA Editions, 100 pp. http://www.isaitalia.org/images/pdf/Atti_Conferenza_Europea_di_Arboricoltura_2014.pdf
Lock, J. J., Phillips, C., Littlemore, J., and Sharp, R. (2013) The efficiency of a novel green manure in controlling replant disease on mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia). In: Liu, P., Yang, J. Wang, H., Zhang, G., Jian, H., Fan, Z., Wu., Yang, A., Li, H., Zou, J., Yu, J., and Han, C. (2013) 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology - Acta Phytopathologica Sinica. Beijing 25th-30th August 2013, Chinese Society for Plant Pathology. 376 pp.
Lock, J. J., Phillips, C., Littlemore, J., and Sharp, R. (2013) Can novel green manures control replant disease on
mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia)? In: British Society of Plant Pathology (2013) Metropolis, arcadia or dystopia:
visions of plant disease management in 2050. Birmingham, 17th-18th December 2013. 41 pp.
Ollerton, J., Watts, S., Connerty, S., Lock, J., Parker, L., Wilson, I., Schueller, S., Nattero, J., Cocucci,
A.A., Izhaki, I., Geerts, S. & Pauw, A. (2012) Pollination ecology of the invasive tree tobacco Nicotiana
glauca: comparisons across native and non-native ranges. Journal of Pollination Ecology 9: 85-95
Membership of Professional Bodies
British Society of Plant Pathology
Member of the Royal Society of Statistics
Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters
PP: Poster Presentation
S: Affect of Novel Green Manure on Sorbus aucuparia tree roots. Australasian Plant Pathology Conference. 12th-14th Sept 2015. Fremantle, Western Australia.
PP: University of Northampton Research Poster Competition, May 2015 (2nd prize)
T: HDC Oomycete Workshop, Warwick Crop Centre, March 2015.
T: SCEPTRE HDC Conference, Peterborough, February 2015.
S: Moulton College Research Symposium, December 2014.
PP: European Conference of Arboriculture, Turin, May 2014.
PP: University of Northampton Research Poster Competition, May 2014.
S: PhD Transfer Seminar, May 2014 - approved.
PP: TPBE II, University of Birmingham, April 2014.
PP: British Society for Plant Pathology meeting Visions of Plant Disease Management in 2050, University of Aston, December 2013.
PP: British Society for Plant Pathology meeting Protecting our Woodlands, University of Reading - Sept 2013.
PP: International Congress of Plant Pathology, Beijing, China, August 2013.
T: Pythium, Phytophthora, and other related genera workshop, Beijing, China.
PP: University of Northampton Research Poster Competition, May 2012.
Grants and Funding
Thomas Harrison Trust.
Chancellors Fund awarded by the University of Northampton.
Travel Grant awarded by BSPP to attend conference in China, 2013.
Undergraduates Degree in Arboriculture and Degree in Horticulture and Garden Design
Involvement with student research has included investigations into: LED systems; peat alternatives; propagation; water based technology; and biochar.