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Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Medicine and One Health at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. My primary role is in teaching and I am the Programme Director of the MVetSci Conservation Medicine and MSc One Health programmes. I also contribute to the Wildlife Health Bridge, a multi-institution international collaborative project to enhance capacity and training in the field of wildlife health in LMICs.
My research focusses on the application of interdisciplinary One Health and Conservation Medicine approaches to support wildlife health. I have a particular interest in disease transmission across the human-wildlife-livestock interface and I have specific expertise on the ecology and epidemiology of African trypanosomiasis. I also provide veterinary and scientific support for conservation projects including the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project for which I am Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel.

Current Research Interests

I have a broad range of research interests within the fields of Conservation Medicine and One Health including:

  • The development of One Health approaches to the management of trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Raptor health
  • One Health in Indigenous communities
  • The health of working dogs in conservation, including management of canine trypanosomiasis

Teaching

I am Course Organiser and / or lecture on the following courses:

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

Scientific paradigms, research approaches and study design across disciplines

MSc One Health

An introduction to One Health

Ecosystem health

Innovative approaches to health challenges across disciplines

Websites

MVetSci Conservation Medicine

http://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/conservation-medicine

MSc One Health

http://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/one-health

Conservation science research group

https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/conservation-science

Interventions in Wild Animal Health

https://iwah.org/

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

Advisory Committee - Centre of Excellence in One Health, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

5 Dec 2023 → …

Conservation Advisory Group, Bristol Zoological Society

8 Mar 2023 → …

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 2018 → …

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