My name is Dr Jenna Ross, and I am based in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I am a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and work on novel ways to control slug pests. I started working on slugs during my PhD studies, which focused on improving the production efficiency of BASF’s (formally Becker Underwood) slug control product, as well as developing new international retail markets. On completion of my PhD, I worked as a project manager for BASF as part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme, and then went on to work with Bioforsk in Norway, looking at the impact of the Spanish slug. I spent a year’s secondment at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Tanzania, before going on to establish my own research group, linking innovation and industry, to find a bi-solution to slug pests.
I recently completed an MBA with Distinction from Robert Gordon University (RGU), with a focus on developing a business plan to spin-out my bio-molluscicide research.
As an outcome of this academic achievement, I won the Head of Business School award from the University, and also won the LANTRA Learner of the Year award, which is an award body that recognises achievements in the land-based and environmental sector.
In addition, I was awarded the prestigious CARAS award from the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland for my contribution to agriculture, and received a Highly Commended from the Helping it Happen awards acknowledging my impact on the rural sector.
In 2018, I was selected as the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland and the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board’s Nuffield Farming Scholar. As part of my scholarship, I will be travelling the globe in a quest to find a solution to slug pests.
You can follow my journey here, with monthly blog updates on my adventures and on my twitter @DrJennaRoss.