Kirsty High is a Postdoctoral research associate in the Environment Department at the University of York. Prior to this, she completed a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and Archaeology at the University of York.
"As an analytical chemist, I am always interested in weird and wonderful applications of chemistry - areas of research that people don't often see chemistry playing a role in. During my PhD I looked at how the chemical environment of an archaeological site can effect the rate at which organic artefacts break down. In my current role, I am using analytical chemistry techniques to investigate whether earthworms impact the chemical composition of soils, i.e. whether they 'talk' to plants"