I'm interested in veterinary parasites, how they exist within the wider ecological community, and the impacts of weather, climate, host interactions and human behaviour on parasite populations and transmission.
I use mathematical and statistical models to predict how parasite populations and transmission varies geographically and seasonally, with the aim of generating knowledge and tools to help inform veterinary policies and improve parasite control.
Current projects include:
- Community ecology and parasite transmission in Southern Africa
- Modelling the distribution of European ticks and tick-borne disease
- Modelling the distribution of Amblyomma spp. ticks and heartwater in Botswana
- Climate sick reindeer - predicting the impacts of weather and climate change on the epidemiology of brainworm infection in wild and semi-domesticated reindeer
- Weather-smart worm control - modelling Nematodirus battus phenology for improved lamb health https://www.scops.org.uk/forecasts/nematodirus-forecast/