Michael Hutchings


  • Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

The fundamental drivers of disease dynamics (persistence, prevalence & spread) in multi-species host communities and understanding how the biology scales up from individuals to populations. My research focusses on the influence of biological processes (e.g. host behaviour, physiology, ecology) and environmental and management practices (e.g. husbandry, nutrition, livestock trade). The research includes how the biology interacts with the management to determine the efficacy of disease control strategies and livestock production. Topics include:
• Ecology of antimicrobial resistance
• Animal health impacts on production efficiency and GHG emissions and the consequences of environment change on animal health
• Role of wildlife in the epidemiology of livestock disease
• Early detection of disease using animal behaviour
• Using novel diagnostics to improve disease surveillance and characterise the health burdens (including co-infection relationships) of host communities in agricultural systems
• Quantifying routes of direct and indirect disease transmission
• Development and testing of disease control strategies (Parasites, ParaTB, E-coli O157)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Aug 1996

Master, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Aug 1993

Bachelor, University of Southampton

Award Date: 1 Aug 1989

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Research Output

Resistance to change: AMR gene dynamics on a commercial pig farm with high antimicrobial usage

Pollock, J., Muwonge, A., Hutchings, MR., Mainda, G., Bronsvoort, B. M., Gally, D. & Corbishley, A., 3 Feb 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1708.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Considering appropriate replication in the design of animal social network studies

    Smith, LA., Swain, DL., Innocent, GT., Nevison, I. & Hutchings, MR., 10 May 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 7208.

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    Multi-host disease management: the why and the how to include wildlife

    Portier, J., Ryser-Degiorgis, M-P., Hutchings, MR., Monchâtre-Leroy, E., Richomme, C., Larrat, S., van der Poel, W. HM., Dominguez, M., Linden, A., Tavares Santos, P., Warns-Petit, E., Chollet, J-Y., Cavalerie, L., Grandmontagne, C., Boadella, M., Bonbon, E. & Artois, M., 14 Aug 2019, In : BMC Veterinary Research. 15, 295.

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    When to kill a cull: factors affecting the success of culling wildlife for disease control

    Prentice, J., Fox, NJ., Hutchings, MR., White, P., Davidson, RS. & Marion, G., 29 Mar 2019, In : Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 16, 152, 20180901.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Data from: The ecology of wildlife disease surveillance: demographic and prevalence fluctuations undermine surveillance

    Walton, L. (Contributor), Marion, G. (Creator), Davidson, R. (Contributor), White, P. C. L. (Creator), Smith, L. (Contributor), Gavier-Widen, D. (Contributor), Yon, L. (Creator), Hannant, D. (Creator), Hutchings, M. (Contributor) & White, P. C. L. (Creator), Dryad, 1 Jan 2017