• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile

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


Applied Animal Science BSc, SRUC

Module leader: Animal conservation

                      Climate change and animal health



Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007

PhD, Environment Department, University of York

8 Dec 20087 Dec 2012

External positions

Associate, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS)

2012 → …

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Research Output

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    31 Downloads (Pure)
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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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    Role of wildlife in the epidemiology of Mycobacterium bovis

    Fox, NJ., Hutchings, MR. & Barrow, P., 2018, Bovine Tuberculosis. CABI Publishing, p. 93-107 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    20 Downloads (Pure)

    Challenges and priorities for modelling livestock health and pathogens in the context of climate change

    Ozkan, S., Vitali, A., Lacetera, N., Amon, B., Bannink, A., Bartley, DJ., Blanco-Penedo, I., de Haas, Y., Dufrasne, I., Elliott, J., Eory, V., Fox, NJ., Garnsworthy, PC., Gengler, N., Hammami, H., Kyriazakis, I., Leclere, D., Lessire, F., MacLeod, M., Robinson, TP. & 14 others, Ruete, A., Sandars, DL., Shrestha, S., Stott, AW., Twardy, S., Vanrobays, M-L., Vosough Ahmadi, B., Weindl, I., Wheelhouse, N., Williams, AG., Williams, HW., Wilson, AJ., Ostergaard, S. & Kipling, RP., 29 Jul 2016, In : Environmental Research. 151, p. 130 - 144 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
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