• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

I am a quantitative ecologist in the Disease Systems Team, with main interests in:

  • Interactions between climate change and animal health
  • Biotic and abiotic drivers of parasite transmission
  • Approaches to modelling disease systems
  • Wildlife and livestock disease dynamics
  • Disease control and surveillance

My research covers both wildlife and livestock disease dynamics, at scales ranging from individual host and farm level risk, to metapopulations and national level drivers of outbreaks. I have particular interests in the two-way interaction between animal health and climate change, and in wildlife reservoirs of livestock pathogens.

I develop models of ecological and epidemiological processes using both mechanistic process-based approaches and GIS based correlative modelling, across multiple scales from individual hosts up to national levels. This theoretical modelling is complimented by experimental field work, with both approaches combining to improve understanding of disease dynamics, and inform long-term control strategies.

I am also an associate at Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS)


Veterinary Epidemiology MSc, University of Edinburgh

Module leader: Wildlife disease ecology in livestock ecosystems

                       Climate change and animal health

Lecturer: R for veterinary epidemiologists

Member of programme management team


Applied Animal Science BSc, SRUC

Module leader: Animal conservation

                       Climate change and animal health

                       Animals at the centre of global issues


Lecturer: Research skills and statistics



Member of programme management team


PhD student 2019 - present. Investigating the effects of parasitism on livestock greenhouse gas emissions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Zoology (1st), School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007

PhD, Predicting impacts of climate change on livestock parasites, Environment Department, University of York

8 Dec 20087 Dec 2012

External positions

Associate, Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland

2012 → …


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