I am an animal ecologist at the University of Glasgow, specialising in multi-trophic interactions with particular expertise on pests and parasites, especially the ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases. My research is currently focussing on the environmental factors driving Ixodes ricinus tick abundance and distribution, the risk of tick-borne diseases and how to manage land use and wildlife to help mitigate risk.
In EPIC I am a co-coordinator for Topic 2 (`Greater Understanding of Disease Risks Due to Animal Movements and Other Factors`). In this topic I have worked with Giles Innocent (BioSS) and others, using slaughter house data on damaged livers to determine the environmental risk factors of liver fluke. I am also collaborating with modellers both within and outwith to develop predictive models and risk maps of tick abundance and louping-ill virus risk across Scotland.
Identifying Environmental Risk Factors for Louping Ill Virus Seroprevalence in Sheep and the Potential to Inform Wildlife Management Policy
L. Gilbert, F. Brülisauer, K. Willoughby and C. Cousens
Combining Slaughterhouse Surveillance Data with Cattle Tracing Scheme and Environmental Data to Quantify Environmental Risk Factors for Liver Fluke in Cattle. GT Innocent, L Gilbert, EO Jones, JE McLeod, G Gunn, IJ McKendrick, SD Albon
Effects of conservation management of landscapes and vertebrate communities on Lyme borreliosis risk in the United Kingdom. C Millins, L Gilbert, J Medlock, K Hansford, DBA Thompson, R Biek
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