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Claire Harris

I recently completed my PhD at the University of Glasgow and join the EPIC team through my new role at Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS). I have a background in biology and mathematics, having completed a joint honours degree in these subjects at the University of Birmingham. I came to Scotland in 2014 to pursue a Master’s in Quantitative Ecology and Epidemiology and stayed for a PhD that involved creating a simulation system of plant species across continents, incorporating global data on plant distributions and climate.

I have been fortunate to have a varied career in ecology and disease-related research so far, beginning with the conservation of crop wild relatives, then studying the changing dynamics of canine rabies outbreaks in South America, the genetic diversity of parasites in Trypanosome infections, and finally modelling global plant species for my PhD. As a result, I have picked up a broad range of mathematical and statistical techniques, which I look forward to applying to animal health topics within EPIC, particularly issues surrounding surveillance.

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