My research revolves around the question of how animal behaviour influences the spread of parasites through host populations?
How does the way in which animals move through their environment and interact with others, influence the movement of parasites through host populations? On an individual basis, an individuals’ popularity or sociability may influence its risk of becoming sick; while on a population level, the patterns of contact within a population (social organisation) may influence the overall dynamics of infections. I use social network models (a bit like facebook!) to model how patterns of animal contact may influence the transmission of parasites through wildlife populations. Of course, studying both animal behaviour and host-parasite ecology means that I also get to indulge in research in both of those areas, both of which I find equally fascinating.
See my Google Scholar page for an up to date list of my publications.
As I go along, I will update this site with research projects, news, and student opportunities. Stay tuned!