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I am interested in grazing patterns, habitat use and parasitic disease in livestock. Herbivores, such as sheep, which live in large social groups are exposed to a wide variety of parasites and infectious diseases which are transmitted through social contact and acquired from the environment through foraging. The distribution of parasites and their vectors across this grazing landscape is spatially and temporally heterogeneous as their presence is determined by a number of environmental factors such as climatic conditions, vegetation type and topographical features.

In order to understand parasite-host interactions and properly manage grasslands for domestic and wild populations we need to investigate how habitat use and grazing correlate with parasite distribution as well as study the behavioural responses of herbivores to spatial variations in parasite risk. My project will attempt to relate parasite risk to fine-scale environmental variables and investigate the behavioural response of sheep to the spatial variation in parasite risk in their grazing environment.


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