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I am a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where I am the Programme Director of the Conservation Medicine MVetSci and One Health MSc programmes. I qualified as a veterinarian in 1996 and gained extensive experience in first-opinion clinical practice. I obtained a PhD in wildlife epidemiology from the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and have field experience working with free-ranging wildlife populations in southern Africa and the UK. My broad research interests include wildlife disease epidemiology and disease transmission across the wildlife/livestock/human interface. My primary focus is the application of these fields of research to support the conservation of biodiversity. I have specialist expertise in the ecology of African trypanosomiasis in wildlife populations and I am chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.

Current Research Interests

My research interests are currently focussed on the epidemiology and ecology of trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa and the health of wild raptor populations in Scotland.

Research Interests

Conservation Medicine may be described as the application of One Health to the conservation of biodiversity. In broad terms, my research interests centre on how Conservation Medicine may be applied to provide sustainable disease control and health interventions. I have a particular interest in trypanosomiasis in wildlife in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent projects include the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium research project investigating the role of biodiversity in the regulation of infectious disease transmission. Using trypanosomiasis as a case study we investigated the impact of land cover change on disease transmission. I am applying geospatial modelling techniques to further understand the spatial dynamics of transmission of trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa.

I am co-supervising a PhD project studying raptor health as an indicator of ecosystem health and the development of novel surveillance tools for conservation. I provide clinical veterinary and scientific support for conservation projects including the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project. I would like to further the application of Conservation Medicine and One Health principles in support of wildlife research and conservation projects.


MVetSci Conservation Medicine

An introduction to Conservation Medicine          

Ecosystem health and species conservation      

Applied epidemiology and surveillance for Conservation Medicine

Veterinary techniques and interventions for Conservation Medicine      

Wildlife disease management

Interventions in wild animal health

MSc One Health

An introduction to One Health

Ecosystem health

Innovative approaches to health challenges across disciplines


Wildlife Disease Management in Species Conservation Programmes


MVetSci Conservation Medicine


MSc One Health


Conservation science research group


Edinburgh Conservation Science


Administrative Roles

  • PG teaching staff

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), An Investigation into the Ecology of Trypanosomiasis in Wildlife of the Luangwa Valley, Zambia, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

External positions

External Examiner, MSc Wildlife and Livestock Management, University of Glasgow

1 Oct 20199 Dec 2021

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel, South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project

7 Jun 201831 May 2023


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