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I am a quantitative veterinary epidemiologist, with a particular interest in modelling the dynamics of infection and disease in animal populations. I have designed and developed a number of epidemiologic modelling applications and related tools, all of which my students, collaborators, and I have employed in simulating the spread and control of various exotic diseases in domestic animal populations.
At SRUC, my work focuses on large, intensely data-driven problems in population health of terrestrial and aquatic species. Among my activities are the following:
I joined SRUC after 19 years in a variety of positions at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, most recently as a Research Scientist in the Department of Clinical Sciences within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Current and former funders of my work include the Scottish Government; the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; the United States Department of Agriculture; the United States Department of Homeland Security; and the Pan-American Health Organization – Pan-American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University. My Ph.D. work in Clinical Sciences with a concentration in Veterinary Epidemiology was completed in 2012, also at Colorado State University.
I developed an advanced (postgraduate-level) course in epidemiologic simulation modelling, which I have taught in a variety of venues since 2007. I have also presented lectures in a variety of courses in biology and epidemiology.
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Epidemiology Research Unit
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