Ms Kira Lynn
I completed my BSc Human Physiology, Psychology and Genetics undergraduate degree in 2016 at the University of Pretoria (2016). I then set out to do a BSc (Honours) Genetics degree at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), which I completed last year (2017) under the supervision of Dr Irene Barnes. My Honours research topic focused on the fungal pathogen Ceratocystis looking at the phylogeny and population biology of species within this genus that are affecting forestry plantations in South East Asia. As I enjoyed this research topic, I will be continuing with this work in my MSc. For my MSc, I will be focusing more specifically on Ceratocystis sp. affecting Acacia forestry plantations in Indonesia, with the aim to try and reduce the negative economic impact these fungal pathogens are having on the Indonesian forestry industry.
I partake in many physical outdoor activities including rock-climbing, hiking and horse riding, all of which I am very passionate about. I have also been fortunate enough to live in many different countries, including India (6yrs) and Tanzania (2yrs), and thus I have an appreciation and love for different cultures.