Dr Jim Bull
I am particularly interested in the population-level consequences of movement, as well as disease ecology. These research areas often overlap as free living organisms come into contact with transmissible agents of infectious disease. I use a combination of mathematical modelling, ecological experiments with model species and field observations from natural ecosystems. My theoretical research into population and community ecology is grounded in the context of important applied problems such as food security, biodiversity loss and invasive species. A current focus is on the role of disease in honey bee decline. Through funding from the RCUK-led ‘Insect Pollinator Initiative” and further support from DEFRA, I am involved in multiple aspects of honey bee disease, including quantifying and understanding transcriptional responses to pathogens, as well developing national-level transmission modelling to advise management and control policies.
Keywords: Insect Pollinators, Host-Parasite Interaction, Ecological Genomics, Spatial Dynamics, Transmission ModellingGo Back