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Stacia Stetkiewicz

PhD Student
Crop Protection
Crop and Soil Systems

Research interests 

My PhD is focused on identifying integrated pest management methods which are both practical and effective for the Scottish spring barley sector.  I am investigating this through analysing long term field trials data collected by the SRUC from 1996 onwards for spring barley to understand which factors influence yield and fungicide efficacy, as well as surveying farmers and agronomists to discover which IPM techniques are feasible for use on commercial farms.

Prior to arriving at the SRUC, I completed my Master in the AgroFood Chain (Sustainable Agriculture) at the top of my class at the Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique in conjunction with the Universite de Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier in France.  As part of this degree, I spent six months in Dr. Serge Savary’s research group working on wheat health and climate change modelling at INRA (Toulouse). 

I studied for my BSc (Honours) in Plant Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, where my dissertation focussed on public opinion about non-GM biotechnologies in the UK (jointly supervised by Dr. Peter Doerner at the University of Edinburgh and Ann Bruce and David Castle at Innogen). 

My areas of interest include: science communication, sustainable agriculture, local food movements, bryology, environmental modelling, arable farming, stakeholder engagement, multidisciplinary research and science policy.

PhD title

  • Investigating Scottish spring barley production for areas of improvement in fungicide use: a mixed biological and social approach
    Farmer engagement is linked with analysis of ‘big data’ to understand the factors influencing spring barley yields and fungicide use in Scotland.


  • Guest Lecturer on Food Security and the Environmental Impact of Scottish Agriculture (2015)  University of Tennessee Haslan Scholars programme in Edinburgh
  • Tutor and Course Assistant  for Sustainability, Society and the Environment(2015 & 2016)  University of Edinburgh – GeoSciences
  • Tutor and Demonstrator for Ecological and Environmental Analysis (2014) University of Edinburgh – GeoSciences
  • Demonstrator and Marker for Origin and Diversity of Species (2014) University of Edinburgh – Biological Sciences

PhD supervisors

Selected publications

  • Savary, S., Stetkiewicz, S., Brun, F., Willocquet, L. (2015) Modelling and mapping potential epidemics of wheat diseases – examples on leaf rust and Septoria tritici blotch using EPIWHEAT.  European Journal of Plant Pathology. DOI 10.1007/s10658-015-0650-7
  • Stetkiewicz, S., Burnett, F., Topp, K., Ennos, R. (2014) Pesticide management in Scottish spring barley – insights from sowing dates.  Aspects of Applied Biology, 125.

Stacia Stetkiewicz

PhD Student

Address: Crop & Soils Systems, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 01315354290