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Dr Rebecca Dewhirst

Dr Rebecca Dewhirst

Associate Research Fellow

 Laver Building Level 7


Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK


I graduated from the University of York in 2011 with a first class degree in biology. I then joined the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences at the University of Edinburgh to undertake a PhD in plant biochemistry. I completed my PhD, entitled ‘Formation and subsequent metabolism of ascorbate oxidation products in vitro and in plant cells’ in 2015.

After my PhD I joined the wildFIRE lab here in Exeter to continue researching plant biochemistry but this time in relation to plant flammability, specifically in pine species.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Plant biochemistry
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Plant flammability


PhD in plant biochemistry (University of Edinburgh, 2015);
BSc in biology (University of York, 2011)

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Research interests

I’m working on a project that aims to identify differences in plant biochemistry that link to plant flammability. Initially we will look at differences in volatile compounds biochemistry and flammability between pine species.



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