The overall theme of my research is the consequences of animal management on their perfomance, ability to cope with pathogens and environmental impact.
Specific research questions include:
1. Prediction of animal responses to their management, including feeding and exposure to pathogens
2. Opportunities to improve nutient utilisation efficiency in livestock, through genetic selection and management
3. Competition for limiting resources between productive and functional traits in animals
4. The occurence and significance of pathogen induced anorexia.
5. Mitigation of the environmental impact of livestock systems through management.
I am addressing these questions across animals, both livestock and laboratory.
For my current research projects please see under ' Research'.
- Leroy Award of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) for International reputation in Animal Science (2014)
- Adjunct Professor, Animal and Poultry Science Department, University of Guelph, Canada (2013-2016)
- Fellow of the Hellenic Agricultural Academy (2010)
- Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2009)
- Visiting Professor, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Leeds (2008)
- Adjunct Professor, Animal and Poultry Science Department, University of Guelph, Canada (2008 -2013)
- Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Nutritional Modelling, University of Guelph, Canada (2006)
- Visiting Professor, Animal and Poultry Science Department, University of Guelph, Canada (2003-08)
- Sir John Hammond Award of the British Society of Animal Science (2002)
- The Nutrition society Silver Medal for Excellence in Nutritional Sciences (1996)
Animal Science Review (since 2002)
Journal of Animal Science (since 2012)
Poultry Science (since 2012)
Bulletin of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society (since 2012)
British Journal of Nutrition (2004 - 2009)
DEFRA: Demonstrating the environmental and economic implilcations of reducing Phosphorus excretion in pigs.(Completed 2013) Further information regarding this project can be found at the links below:
BPEX Studentship: Reducing the excretion of Phosphorus from growing and finishing pig systems: Development of a decision support tool.
BPEX Studentship: Light Pig Syndrome: What causes it and how it can be overcome (completed 2014)
BPEX Studentship: Sorting pigs at weaning in order to reduce variability and improve the efficiency of pig production systems
BBSRC Case Studentship: Integrated parasite control in cattle through the synergism of host genetics and management (Industrial sponsor Merial)
BBSRC Case Studentship: Incorporating novel behaviour traits in broiler breeder genetic evaluation programmes (Industrial sponsor Aviagen)
BBSRC/DTP Studentship: Computational behaviour analysis in livestock and it's application to disease prediction and prevention
BPEX: Ranking of factors influencing feed efficiency in sows and finishing pigs.
Nutreco Inc: Sustainability indicators for pig production systems
BBSRC Studentship: Computational behaviour analysis in livestock and its application to disease prediction and prevention
ACE2031 Animal Parasitology (ML)
ACE2034 Introduction to Immunology (ML)
ACE3046 Animal Science Issues
ACE8095 Dissertation for MSc in Applied animal Behaviour and Welfare