Dr Joan Webber
Dr Joan Webber
Principal Pathologist

Current position – Principal Pathologist and Head of Tree Health in the Centre for Ecosystems, Society and Biosecurity, which is part of Forest Research

A senior research scientist employed by the Forestry Commission since 1989 and based at the Alice Holt research station of Forest Research (FR), Joan became Principal Pathologist for FR in 2000, and head of Tree Health in 2011. She has a 30 year international track record of research and collaboration on pathogens of forest and woodland trees, their population biology and epidemiology, and the use and deployment of biological control agents in the management of tree diseases. Over the past ten years her particular area of work has been on alien invasive pathogens including Phytophthora and most recently Chalara dieback of ash. Her research focuses on the threat they pose and their potential long-term impact on trees and forest ecosystems following introduction.