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Clare Stirling
Senior Scientist & Project Coordinator (Climate Change), Zimbabwe.

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P.O. Box MP 163, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263(4) 301807
Climate change adaptation, mitigation and crop production, project coordination and management.
Research Interest:
Clare Stirling is a Senior Scientist with the Socioeconomics Program based in Zimbabwe. She joined CIMMYT in 2012 as the project coordinator for the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) project. Prior to joining CIMMYT, Clare worked as a research manager in natural resources and climate change for the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Environmental impacts on crop growth and resource use in monocrops and intercrops has been a major theme of her research since the early 1990s. This has involved work ranging from controlled-environment through to participatory on-farm studies. As a lecturer at the University of Essex, she established and managed the MSc course ‘Crops in a Changing Environment’ and worked for several years for the UK DFID Plant Sciences Research Programme on smallholder intercropping systems in Asia. Dr Stirling holds a PhD in Crop Physiology and a BSc in Plant Sciences from the University of Nottingham, UK.
Recent publications:
  • Stirling, C.M. and Dodgson, G. (Eds.) (2010). Managing weeds in arable rotations – a guide. HGCA Guide 50. Pp.24.
  • Stirling, C.M., Harris, D. and Witcombe, J.R. (2006). Managing an agricultural research programme for poverty alleviation in developing countries: an institute without walls. Experimental Agriculture 42:127-146.
  • Rodrigo, V.H.L., Stirling, C.M., Silva T.U.K. and Pathirana, P.D. (2005). The growth and yield of rubber at maturity is improved by intercropping with banana during the early stage of rubber cultivation. Field Crops Research 91:23-33.
  • Rodrigo, V.H.L., Stirling, C.M., Teklehaimanot, Z., Samarasekeraa, R.K. and Pathirana, P.D. (2005). Interplanting banana at high densities with an immature rubber crop for improved water use. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 25:45-54.
  • Stirling C.M. and Witcombe J.R. (Eds) (2004). Farmers and Plant Breeders in Partnership. Second edition. Department for International Development Plant Sciences Programme, Bangor University, U.K. ISBN 184 220 0674.
  • Pierce, S. Stirling, C.M. & Baxter R. (2003). Pseudoviviparous reproduction of Poa alpina variety. vivipara L. (Poaceae) during long-term exposure to elevated CO2. Annals of Botany 91:613-622.
  • Senevirathna, A.M.W.K., Stirling, C.M. and Rodrigo, V.H.L. (2003). Growth, photosynthetic performance and shade adaptation of rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) grown in natural shade. Tree Physiology 23:705–712.
  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.

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