Key Research Interests and Expertise

I am an ecologist by training but my research interests are of an interdisciplinary nature. After being involved with multiple conservation and ecology research programmes undertaking research primarily into avian ecology and disease, I then moved to looking at epidemiology of emerging infectious pathogens, primarily with respect to the human-animal interface. I am particularly interested in how human behaviours and cultural practices link with the transmission of zoonoses, with how the exploitation of wildlife links in to disease transmission and the potential for novel approaches into responding to emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

I have also worked with other researchers within the university to explore the influence of the media on female aspirations within the sciences and how the media can influence how students relate to role models within science.

Current research projects that I am involved in include the role of cultural practices within SE Asia in zoonotic disease transmission; the scale of SE Asia's ornamental bird trade and the use of risk and hazard frameworks in responding to emerging heatlh threats for example, HPAI H5N1, MERS coronavirus, Ebola Viral Disease and the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. 

I am always happy to discuss my research interests, findings and to discuss potential collaborations.

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