I am an ecologist and modeller, focusing on the consequences of environmental change on biodiversity, wildlife, invasive species and host-parasite interactions. My interests include questions of how insights from demographic and epidemiological dynamics, species range dynamics and bio-geographic patterns can be used to identify key processes for optimizing conservation and pest control efforts and the prevention of disease spread under different environmental scenarios and policy schemes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife ecology and management
  • Disease ecology
  • Eco-epidemiology
  • Ecohealth and One Health
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation biology


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  • BIO347 Tropical Ecology and Conservation - Borneo Field Trip

    Borneo is a hot spot for biodiversity both in regards to terrestrial and marine ecosystems. This module is a residential field course which will explore ecological and conservation principles in tropical rainforests and marine ecosystems.

  • BIOM12 Biodiversity and Health Ecology

    Biodiversity & Health Ecology emerges as a new interdisciplinary research field at the intersection of humans, animals and ecosystems. It acknowledges that the spread of infectious diseases and pollutants in time of global changes strongly links health issues across organisms and ecosystems. Understanding and controlling Emerging Infectious Diseases (e.g. SARS, Ebola and Nipah virus) requires interdisciplinary and holistic concepts and approaches that account for human and animal interactions in all kind of natural and anthropogenic environments. This module addresses contemporary topics in the field of One Health from an ecological perspective and in context of changing biodiversity. It introduces background information and essential tools for environmental biologists, disease ecologists and resource managers to take part in tackling this global challenge. Through participation in this module you will develop the foundations to engage in research in this field.


  • Host traits and spatial context drive helminth spread in mammal and bird assemblages (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • How does metapopulation network structure of Tasmanian Devils affect the spread of DFTD and possible devil extinction risk? (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Miguel Lurgi Rivera
  • Farmland Biodiversity (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull