I am a quantitative veterinary epidemiologist, with a particular interest in modelling the dynamics of infection and disease in animal populations. I have designed and developed a number of epidemiological modelling applications and related tools, all of which my students, collaborators, and I have employed to simulate the spread and control of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), among others, in domestic animal populations. Within EPIC, I am a coordinator for Topic 1 (Provision of Rapid Access to Emergency Advice and Analyses in the Event of Disease Outbreaks and Knowledge Exchange Coordination). I am responsible for management of data regarding the demographics and movements of livestock and poultry; diagnostic testing data for endemic diseases of interest to EPIC; and additional information relevant to the spread of disease in livestock and poultry populations, such as the distribution of key wildlife species and insect vectors, and environmental and climate data. Our partners in this effort include the Scottish Government, ScotEID, Defra, APHA, and various industry stakeholders. Much of my work also takes place in Topic 4 (Analyses of Potential Disease Control Options). My current research focuses on the evaluation of potential disease control strategies and policies for use in the event of outbreaks of avian influenza in Scotland, and on the characterization and modelling of the demographics of Scottish sheep and cattle. I also contribute to work in Topic 2 (Greater Understanding of Disease Risks Due to Animal Movements and Other Factors).
I joined EPIC in 2014, after 19 years in various academic positions in the United States and Canada, where I contributed to projects conducted by Colorado State University, the Pan-American Health Organization – Pan-American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center; the United States Department of Agriculture; the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
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