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I am a third year PhD student supervised by Professor Laura Green and Dr Kevin Purdy at the University of Warwick, based at Gibbet Hill campus. My research interests are investigating the diversity and distribution of the ten known serogroups of Dichelobacter nodosus, the causal agent of footrot in sheep, throughout England. This may give us a better understanding of how to improve vaccination as a control and management tool for ovine footrot. For more information about my research please click here.
As part of my PhD I will spend a 3-month placement with AHDB Beef & Lamb, supervised by Dr Liz Genever, carrying out technology transfer to farmers. This involves disseminating results from recent research to farmers where it can be applied to improve both the welfare of their livestock and the profitability of their business. I am doing this through a variety of formats, from face-to-face discussions with farmers at shows, presentations at conferences and writing reports of the latest footrot research for farmers.
I graduated from Cardiff University in 2015 with a BSc in Zoology with a professional training year. I undertook my professional training year with the Bornean Banteng Programme (Danau Girang Field Centre) in Sabah, Malaysia, where I investigated the effects of logging management practices and climate on banteng body condition, an endangered wild bovid. For my final year project I traced agricultural runoff in the Wye catchment by measuring nitrogen and carbon stable isotope ratios in freshwater invertebrates at different trophic levels and over time.
This research is funded by
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Life Sciences
University of Warwick