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Professor Michael Begon B.Sc., Ph.D.

Professor of Ecology Evolution, Ecology & Behaviour

    Research

    The ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife populations

    The ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife populations, especially diseases transmisible to humans, both within the UK and worldwide (e.g. leptospirosis in Brazilian favelas and bubonic plague in Central Asia).

    Research Grants

    Determinants and consequences of intra- and inter-specific defence strategy variation in natural systems

    ROYAL SOCIETY (CHARITABLE)

    January 2018 - December 2019

    Assessment of the nature of small terrestrial predators’ movements and their importance as alternative plague carriers

    BRITISH COUNCIL (UK)

    April 2016 - March 2019

    Optimal control strategies for rodent-borne zoonoses in Brazilian slum settlements

    MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

    April 2017 - September 2019

    Ecoepidemiology of Leptospirosis in the urban slums of Brazil

    THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (USA)

    September 2012 - July 2017

    Predicting the effects of climate change on infectious diseases of animals

    LEVERHULME TRUST (UK)

    October 2007 - March 2013

    Cross-species transmission of microparasites between introduced and native woodland rodents in Ireland.

    BRITISH ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY (UK)

    September 2002 - July 2003

    MAFF Veterinary Research Fellowship in Epidemiology.

    MINISTRY AGRIC/FISHERIES/FOOD

    November 1999 - October 2004

    Wild rodents as reservoirs of antibiotic resistance for farm animals and man - current status, origins and mechanisms of persistence.

    DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

    October 2000 - September 2003

    The dynamics of, and risks posed by, concomitant zoonotic infections in their wildlife reservoirs.

    WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

    January 2005 - June 2008

    Interactions amongst ixodid ticks, microparasites and rodent reservoirs in the natural maintenance of granulocytic Ehrlichiae.

    WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

    January 2000 - September 2003

    'Diversity and evolution of vertebrate immune system genes in the natural environment

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    September 2012 - November 2015

    Genetic variation and the dynamics of host-pathogen interactions (EDGE).

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    May 1998 - August 2001

    Immunodynamics of field voles

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    October 2007 - April 2011

    Immunodynamics and Infectious disease risk in the natural environment

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    February 2015 - July 2020

    Ljungan Virus - an undetected but dangerous zoonotic agent

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    September 2007 - November 2008

    Diagnostics and control of rodent-borne viral zoonoses in Europe (RODENT-BORNE ZOONOSES).

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    September 2002 - October 2005

    The role of wildlife in the epidemiology of campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis and VTEC infections (Wildlife).

    DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

    April 2004 - December 2009

    Emerging diseases in a changing European environment (EDEN).

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    November 2004 - May 2010

    Vertebrate-pathogen dynamics: population size and a comparison of pathogens.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 1998 - February 2001

    Gabriel Ghizzi Pedra - bench fees

    COORDENACAO DE APERFEICOAMENTO DE PESSOAL DE NIVEL SUPERIOR (CAPES) (BRAZIL)

    December 2014 - February 2019

    CASE top-up: Transmission dynamics and pathogenesis of squirrelpox in UK red and grey squirrels

    NATIONAL TRUST (UK)

    October 2009 - September 2013

    Workshop - Predicting Zoonotic Outbreaks: Building on the Plague Threshold Model

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    April 2007 - April 2008

    The plague of Central Asia - an epidemiological study focusing on space-time dynamics (STEPICA).

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    January 2001 - December 2004

    The detailed dynamics of plague in its reservoir host in Kazakhstan.

    WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

    July 2001 - June 2006

    Multi-host multi-pathogen dynamics in natural wildlife populations.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2001 - March 2006

    Advances in the prediction of plague outbreaks in Central Asia

    WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

    April 2010 - November 2013

    Royal Society conference grant.

    ROYAL SOCIETY (CHARITABLE)

    December 2002 - February 2003

    The Liverpool Bespoke Oligoarray Facility (L-BOF).

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2005 - January 2008