With R&D at the forefront of everything we do, this newsletter it’s time to meet our Head of Research & Development, Dr Janine Robinson.
Joining us back in 2019, Janine focuses on our continuous process function as well as managing our new product development programme.
Often found in our purpose-built lab or observing our R&D beds, Janine has been instrumental in further establishing our R&D Centre.
As well as exploring new product development and monitoring existing products, our R&D Centre also considers the ongoing management of wildflower meadows and visually records progress to assist with determining an appropriate maintenance routine.
Janine has a wealth of experience, holding a MSc in Aquatic Biology from the University of Portsmouth and a BSc in Environmental Biology from Lancaster University. Janine also completed her PhD at Portsmouth University in 2020, with a delayed graduation ceremony taking place earlier this year.
Janine’s PhD research considered the fate of pollutants in Sustainable Drainage Systems, focusing on vegetated swales and PAHs. Entitled “Mesocosm Studies to Resolve the fate of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Grass Swales as Components of Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) Treatment Trains”, this research highlights the enormous opportunities that wildflowers present in reducing the impact of pollutants in SuDS.
Away from work Janine is a keen netballer and has added two dogs to the Wildflower Turf Ltd canine family.