Recent Research Experience
Tuberculosis (TB) affects livestock, wildlife, and humans around the world. My PhD project combined epidemiology and ecology to explore management of TB in wildlife. This research occurred across several species in three very different systems.
- Capture success and estimation of density of free-ranging European badgers (Meles meles) in Ireland, where they are a reservoir for bovine TB. Ireland is working towards eradication of bovine TB, and part of this plan includes vaccinating badgers against TB.
- Determining seroprevalence and potential risk factors for positive serology in working African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has a high prevalence of TB in humans, and most elephant TB is thought to come from human exposure.
- Diagnosis and treatment of TB in captive African and Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the United States. TB is particularly difficult to diagnose and treat in elephants.
I've been privileged to work on a large variety of projects on various diseases and species in varied locations. Take a look through the photos below and mouse over to see a description of the research on that animal or location. Want to read more? Head over to my CV.