Daniel Hewitt

Daniel Hewitt

Cambridge

I help farmers by working with plants

Dan's job uses a lot of biology – and lets him spend a lot of time outside.

What do you do in your job?

I plan and run experiments to investigate how weeds evolve in response to pesticides sprayed on crops in the field. These can be carried out in the laboratory, greenhouse and in the field. 

If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

My job helps to contribute towards food security and the wider economy by exploring some of the issues impacting agriculture and food production today. The results of our research will be translated into practical advice for farmers dealing with these weeds and crop production.

A large part of my work is also towards the advancement of wider scientific knowledge (by writing papers).

What’s the best thing about your job?

As well as the scientific challenges I encounter, I enjoy a large degree of autonomy and have plenty of time outside

Dan Hewitt

What did you study at school?

At A-level, I studied chemistry, biology, geology and art.

What inspired you into a career in science / engineering?

I have always taken a keen interest in nature and plants in particular and this has been very useful.

What five top tips would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

  • Learn to identify different species, especially plants – whether crops or weeds
  • Be prepared to work in demanding conditions
  • Be well organised
  • Have a strong interest in agriculture and biology in general
  • Learn to evaluate and read scientific papers (you’ll learn this at A-level and degree!)

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