After studying at Clare College, Cambridge, and Imperial College, London, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Universities of Edinburgh, then Oxford.
Since 2007, I have been a lecturer, then senior lecturer, at the University of Stirling's Institute of Aquaculture.
A brief CV is available.
My research is focussed on numerical approaches to tackling problems of aquatic animal health, be it vertebrate or invertebrate from the individual level through to countrywide population levels. From this I branch out into similar research in other systems, predominantly that of terrestrial livestock, although I also have a longstanding interest in host-parasite interactions.Approaches involve both statistical analysis and more simulation-oriented methods. My research tends to be data heavy. For example, single data files for cattle movements can contain tens of millions of records. Nevertheless, a general theme here is one of complex systems and ecology of disease. Epidemic dynamics present all the key features of complex systems: emergent behaviour based on relatively simple behaviour at the level of the epidemiological unit, patterns of feedback and non-linear behaviour, and poorly defined system edges.
Until recently, I was the programme director at the University of Stirling for our BSc degrees in Marine Biology (Hons) and Aquaculture (Hons), which I have recently passed on. I am currently the postgraduate chief examiner for MSc and PGCert programmes in the Institute of Aquaculture. For a number of years I was the divisional director of learning and teaching.
I am the current coordinator of Our Blue Planet (AQUU1BP), and have previously coordinated Marine Mammals Field Course (AQUU7MM) as well as Marine Biology/Aquaculture Project (AQUU7MP/7AP). I currently teaching on a number of BSc and MSc modules including Aquaculture Health Control (AQUPGP4).