Dr Suzanne Milner

Dr Suzanne Milner BSc, PhD

Plant Biology Project Technician

Email: smilne@ucdavis.edu

Tel: +1 (530) 752 0383

Base: University of California, Davis


Dr Suzanne Milner is Plant Biology Project Technician within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. As an ecological plant biologist Dr Suzanne Milner is interested in understanding how plants respond to climate change.

Career history

2018-Present: Assistant specialist, University of California Davis, USA

2013-2018: Plant Biology Research Technician. University of Southampton, UK.

2006-2008: Plant Biology Project Technician. University of Southampton, UK.

Academic qualifications

2013: PhD in Plant Sciences. University of Southampton, UK.
2003-2006: BSc in Zoology. University of Southampton, UK.


I graduated from University of Southampton in 2003 and joined Taylorlab, initially helping Dr Rebecca Rowe, a first year PhD student at the time, with fieldwork. Once the fieldwork was complete, I continued working for Prof. Taylor as a lab technician, carrying out two research projects for Vitacress Ltd, alongside assiting PhD students with their research. This led to my PhD within Taylorlab on the flooding stress response of two Populus species where I spent two months working at Kew Gardens.


Having an interest in the effects of environmental change on plants, I stayed in Taylorlab to start on new projects, gaining more skills on spatial mapping and modelling. Through our group I am able to maintain a mix of field, lab and computer based projects. I currently run a field site in the South of England measuring eddy covariance and also run the ForestGrowth -SRC model.


Research interests

I am currently involved in two projects; one MAGLUE on bioenergy crops and the second is on Lettuce. My current bioenergy research project involves the spatial modelling of SRC in response to a changing environment, focussing on the effects of changing CO2. The MAGLUE project aims to improve understanding of how second generation bioenergy crops such as SRC and Miscanthus will influence UK greenhouse gas balance. I am working on expanding the capabilities of the ForestGrowth-SRC model and measuring the carbon balance in a space for time land-use change (LUC) experiment. I am also looking at the effect of LUC and biochar on the microbiome of the soil.


My second project, on lettuce involves improving the post-harvest quality and shelf life of lettuce.