I research the impact of environmental and land use change on zoonotic disease transmission, focussing on rodents in sub saharan Africa. As part of my work I explore the interplay of individual rodent behaviour, climate and anthropogenic habitat changes, and the role this plays in disease ecology within the host species. To do this, we are developing low power contact loggers that can log when individual rodents are in close contact with eachother in a wild population. This is challenging as it requires miniaturisation of logging devices and also the power supply needed for them. However, if successful this could give unparallelled information into exactly how interactions between individuals relate to disease transmission in wild populations. If anyone is interested / is an engineer with ideas on how to tackle this please feel free to get in touch!
As well as rodents, I work extensively with bats, and the new advances in open source acoustic detection approaches are very exciting. I am involved in projects assessing how bats use commercial plantations, and on the impact of environmental variables on bat use of hibernation sites. I am also very interested in developing open source approaches to automated call ID.