I am an animal ecologist specialising in multi-trophic interactions with particular expertise on pests and parasites, especially the ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases. My research 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`). I am working with Jim McLeod and Andrea Baggio (James Hutton Institute) and Giles Innocent (BioSS) to use existing large spatial data sets to develop predictive models and risk maps of liver fluke, ticks and louping-ill virus across Scotland.
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