Carolyn Riddell, BSc, PhD

Forest pathology technician and Lab manager

Carolyn Riddle


Tel: +44 (0) 300 067 5548

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Carolyn Riddell joined Forest Research in 2016. Previously, she obtained a PhD at the University of Leicester (2009) in evolutionary biology and subsequently completed a post-doctoral position at the University of Edinburgh (2010-2012), validating next-generation sequencing data. After a period working at Edinburgh Genomics (2012-2014) she took up another role on the PROTREE project (2014-2016), where she worked on Dothistroma septosporum evolution in pine species, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh.

Current role

Lab manager for pathology lab
Coordinates the general day to day running of the pathology lab

Forest Pathology technician
Provides support to ongoing research in the pathology lab, particularly with regards the spread of Phytophthora austrocedri in the UK’s native juniper.

Current programmes

Distribution and transmission of Phytophthora austrocedri
Providing research support

  • Developing methods to determine the mechanisms of spread of P. austrocedri  from outbreaks throughout Scotland.
  • Developing baiting techniques for P. austrocedri.

Other affiliations and responsibilities:

Member of the British Society for Plant Pathology

Main recent publications

Piotrowska, M. J., Riddell, C., Hoebe, P. N. and Ennos, R. A. (), Planting exotic relatives has increased the threat posed by Dothistroma septosporum to the Caledonian pine populations of Scotland. Evol Appl. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/eva.12562

Piotrowska, M. J., Ennos, R. A., Riddell, C. and Hoebe, P. N. (2017), Fungicide sensitivity of Dothistroma septosporum isolates in the UK. For. Path., 47: n/a, e12314. doi:10.1111/efp.12314


Carolyn E Riddell, Juan D Lobaton Garces, Sally Adams, Seth M Barribeau, David Twell and Eamonn B Mallon, (2014) Differential gene expression and alternative splicing in insect immune specificity, BMC Genomics 2014 15:1031

Riddell CE, Sumner S, Adams S, Mallon EB, (2011) Pathways to immunity: temporal dynamics of the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) immune response against a trypanosomal gut parasite, Insect Molecular Biology, Aug;20(4):529-40

Carolyn Riddell, Sally Adams, Paul Schmid-Hempel , Eamonn B Mallon, (2009), Differential expression of immune defences is associated with specific host-parasite interactions in insects, PLoS ONE 4(10): e7621

Riddell CE, Mallon EB, (2006) Insect psychoneuroimmunology: Immune response reduces learning in protein starved bumblebees (Bombus terrestris), Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Mar;20(2):135-8