Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis, is set to become the second human disease in history to be eradicated. In 1986 the disease burdened millions of people in 21 countries throughout Africa and Asia, today the disease is only present… Read More
European badgers in the UK are a primary wildlife reservoir of Mycobacterium bovis, the bacterium that cause bovine tuberculosis (bTB). As a result understanding how badger ecology and behaviour might shape disease spread in badger populations and influence… Read More
Domestic cats have rich historical and cultural associations with human societies, and today they are second only to dogs as the UK’s most popular pet. They provide millions of people with companionship and are also kept for their skills as pest-controllers. However, the same hunting prowess that makes cats helpful allies can also be a problem, and owned, ‘outdoor’ cats kill many wild animals every year. Read More
Networks are ubiquitous in human lives and this is no different for domestic and wild animals. Social networks exist between animals within a farm and trade networks exist between farms. There are also local connections with wildlife and neighbouring farms.… Read More
Migratory swans face many threats on their epic long-distance journeys. The endangered Northwest European Bewick’s swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii), may travel over 11 countries on its migration between the Russian Arctic and Europe and faces persecution from illegal… Read More
The Scottish wildcat, Felis silvestris silvestris, is the UK’s last remaining native felid. After many years of persecution and habitat loss, this subspecies is no longer present in England and Wales. Without intervention, this pattern could repeat itself in Scotland, rendering the wildcat locally extinct in Britain.
The surveillance and control of introduced species has become an increasingly important, yet often controversial, form of environmental management. Dr Sarah Crowley’s PhD research examined the causes and consequences of social conflicts in introduced species management, and investigated… Read More
Olivia Bell’s research aims to investigate the impact of Tasmanian devil declines on the diet and trophic ecology of the four Tasmanian mammalian predator species: the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)… Read More