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 Francis Rowney

Francis Rowney

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Knowledge Spa 

 

University of Exeter Medical School, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD

Overview

Dr Francis Rowney is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. He is currently working in collaboration with a number of institutions on the NERC-funded PollerGEN project (PollerGEN). This aims to explore and identify linkages between grass pollen and human respiratory health, particularly asthma exacerbations, by bringing together public health and environmental datasets.

Francis completed a BSc in Geography (University of Hull) in 2011, followed by an MSc in Quaternary Science (Royal Holloway and UCL, University of London) in 2012. In 2018 Francis completed PhD in Physical Geography (University of Plymouth), on ‘The ecology and climates of early Middle Pleistocene interglacials in Britain’. This involved the analysis of sub-fossil pollen, insects (Coleoptera) and coprophilous fungal spores to reconstruct Middle Pleistocene palaeoenvironments.

Qualifications

  • BSc Geography (University of Hull)
  • MSc Quaternary Science (Royal Holloway and UCL, University of London)
  • PhD Physical Geography (University of Plymouth)

Research

Research interests

Francis is currently engaged in research aimed at exploring linkages between different types of grass pollen and human respiratory health, particularly asthma exacerbations, as part of the NERC-funded PollerGEN Project (PollerGEN). This involves bringing together large public health and environmental datasets, and collaborating with project partners who have been developing new genomics-based approaches to grass pollen monitoring.

Francis completed a PhD in Physical Geography (University of Plymouth), on ‘The ecology and climates of early Middle Pleistocene interglacials in Britain’. This involved the analysis of sub-fossil pollen, insects (Coleoptera) and coprophilous fungal spores to reconstruct Middle Pleistocene palaeoenvironments, focusing particularly on local-scale ecological characteristics. He maintains an active interest in Quaternary palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology, modern ecology and wildlife conservation, and the combination of these disciplines.

Previously, Francis has been involved with meteorological pollen monitoring for the Met Office, as a research assistant based at the University of Plymouth. As a volunteer, he has also been involved with conservation ecology and science communication, in both academic and non-academic contexts.

Research projects

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Teaching

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