In my previous position as a MSCA postdoctoral research fellow in Montpellier I worked with Olivier Gimenez to integrate social network models with conventional capture-recapture models used widely in demographic studies of animal populations. This work is ongoing. If we can get our approach working it will be a big step forward in linking the social structure and dynamics of wildlife populations to population dynamics.
I did my PhD research supervised by Stuart Bearhop studying the causes and consequences of social structure in non-breeding, staging populations of light-bellied brent geese (Branta bernicla hrota) in Ireland and Iceland.
I then did two postsdocs at the University of Exeter. The first was with Robbie McDonald examining how the social structure of European badger populations impacts bovine tuberculosis epidemiology in the UK. Bovine TB is an important agricultural disease in the UK and badgers represent a primary wildlife reservoir of infection.
The second was with Dave Hodgson on varied quantitative projects, focussed on understanding how the demography, life history and sociality of hosts can influence infectious disease dynamics.
Prior to moving to Montpellier I spent some time working remotely in the lab of Nina Fefferman at the University of Tennessee. Nina and I worked together on various projects encompassing network epidemiology and knowledge exchange in social groups.