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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.


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



PhD student 2017 - present. Behavioural signatures of Parasitism

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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Herbivore grazing decisions in relation to parasites in the environment, University of York


Award Date: 26 Jul 2007

Master, Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh


Award Date: 1 May 2002

Bachelor, Zoology, University of Aberdeen


Award Date: 1 May 2000

External positions

University of Stirling

Nov 2007Mar 2009


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