I am a behavioural ecologist and my main area of research is how animal behaviour drives disease dynamics. I work on multidisciplinary projects which aim to gain an understanding of patterns of infection from biological processes in order to determine effective disease control strategies. My research interests include the impact of animal social contact patterns on disease transmission; host behavioural signatures of parasitism; the role of wildlife in livestock disease patterns; and disease control strategies.
Previous projects include the EU funded WildTech project which brought together researchers from a wide range of disciplines in order to develop novel multiplex technologies for detection of pathogens in wildlife, thus contributing to wildlife disease surveillance and control.
I have also previously worked on the Defra LINK GreenPig project, which involved working closely with industrial collaborators to investigate alternative protein sources for pig diets in order to improve food security. My PhD research used a combined approach of field trials and modelling to investigate the effect of herbivore grazing decisions on exposure to parasites.
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