• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

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20062021

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Research interests

I am a behavioural ecologist in the Disease Systems Team, and my main interests are:

  • Impact of disease on animal behaviour
    • Pathogen induced changes in behaviour
    • Behavioural alterations to avoid pathogens
    • Sickness behaviour
  • Impact of animal behaviour on disease dynamics
    • social behaviour
    • Ecology & community structure
  • Behaviour as an early indicator of disease

I am interested in disease dynamics in both wildlife and livestock species, as well as the wildlife-livestock intereface. I am an experiences experimental field biologist. My reserch used livestock and remote monitoring techniques (proximity loggers, GPS, activity loggers) to investigate concepts in behavioural ecology and disease ecology.

Teaching

Veterinary Epidemiology MSc, University of Edinburgh

  • Co-ordinator role for whole Vetrinary Epidemiology programme
  • Module leader: Livestock behaviours as routes of disease transmission
  • Module leader: Rights, roles and Responsibilities in disease control
  • Lecturer:
    • Introduction to Veterinary Epidemiology
    • Livestock management impacts on disease control
    • Host-pathogen arms race

 

BSc Global Academy of Agriculture & Food Security, University of Edinburgh

  • Lecturer - Interactions within systems

 

Ecology/Zoology BSc, University of Edinburgh

  • Lecturer - Behavioural Ecology

 

Applied Animal Science, BSc SRUC/University of Glasgow

Module leader: Diversity of Life

Module leader: Host-pathogen Interactions

Module leader: Wildife-Agriculture Interactions

 

Supervision

PhD student 2017 - present. Behavioural signatures of Parasitism

MSc students: 6 students studying topics in behaviour, parasitiology and Epidemiology

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of York

20042007

Award Date: 26 Jul 2007

Master, University of Edinburgh

20012002

Award Date: 1 May 2002

Bachelor, University of Aberdeen

19962000

Award Date: 1 May 2000

External positions

University of Stirling

Nov 2007Mar 2009

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