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Expert in Ecology, Pest Management, Entomology, Rodents, Small Mammals, Behavioural Ecology, Chemical Ecology

Expert ID: 729227 United Kingdom

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Expert is an applied ecologist with over 20 years research experience. He has led many multidisciplinary international research projects funded through competitive grants received from the European Union, British research councils and British government departments, United Nations organisations and charitable foundations. Much of the research has been carried out in the context of African and Asian ecosystems around issues of agricultural pest management, eco-epidemiology of zoonoses, ecosystem services, conservation, indigenous knowledge systems and community-based research. Expert has acted as an Expert Witness in British court proceedings and acted as an external programme advisor and evaluator for several clients.

Acting as an expert witness where he acted on behalf of nine Respondents. Case was about rodent infestation and international shippingLeading a team of 12 scientists on a mission to the Chittagong Hill Tracts to investigate outbreaks of rodents and regional famine.Advising and peer-reviewing research programmes commissioned by the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1998 Degree: PhD Subject: Entomology: Ecology of the Deathwatch Beetle, Xestobium Rufovillosum Institution: Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Year: 1994 Degree: MSc Subject: Entomology: Oviposition Behaviour of Callosobruchus Maculatus Institution: Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Year: 1990 Degree: BA Subject: Biology Institution: University of Vermont, USA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor of Ecology Department: Natural Resources Institute Responsibilities: Research in the field of Applied Ecology specialising in the management of vertebrate and insect pests affecting people living in rural and urban communities in developing countries. More than ten years experience working in collaboration with scientists and farmers in many African and Asian countries, leading large multidisciplinary research projects, and providing educational development from PhD supervision through to on-the-job capacity building.
Years: 1994 to 1998 Employer: Birkbeck College, University of London Title: Research Fellow Department: Biology Responsibilities: Research on the deathwatch beetle as part of an EC collaborative research framework grant.
Years: 1990 to 1992 Employer: United States Peace Corps Title: Volunteer Department: Responsibilities: Resided in the country of Mali, West Africa. Scientific duties included integrated pest management in the Niger River Basin region. Monitored locust and other insect populations in the region. Conducted seminars in pesticide use and safety with Malian government officials, international government assistance programs, and with local villagers.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2009 to 2009 Agency: United Nations Development Programme Role: Consultant Description: Led a team of 12 scientists on a mission to Chittagong Hill Tracts to investigate outbreaks of rodents and regional famine
Years: 1998 to 2010 Agency: UK Department for International Development Role: Project Leader Description: Several multidisciplinary research and development projects competitively won based in various African and Asian countries
Years: 1998 to 2010 Agency: European Commission Role: Principal Investigator Description: Leader of several FP5, FP6 and EDF funded research projects.
Years: 2018 to 2018 Agency: World Health Organisation Role: Senior Consultant Description: Technical expertise on management and surveillance of the plague in Madagascar to prevent future outbreaks

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1998 to Present Country / Region: Global Summary: Overseas experience within the context of multi-year research projects in many countries throughout Africa and Asia, mostly consisting of project visits of 2-4 weeks duration scattered over the life of the project. Experience is mainly but not exclusively in the following: China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Swaziland, Madagascar, Malawi, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Australia.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, UK (FRES);
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA).
Member of the British Ecological Society
Committee member of the World Health Organisation's Global Leptospirosis Environmental Action Network
Coordinating member of the International Society of Zoological Sciences
Professional Appointments
Editorial Board for the journal Wildlife Research;
International organising and scientific committees for the
International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management
and the African Small Mammal Conference.
Publications and Patents Summary
More than 100 peer-reviewed publications, more than 10 book chapters, editor of 1 book, more than 12 keynote and invited conference presentations, more than 20 popular press articles, frequent media appearances on TV and radio in many countries including one nature documentary produced by the Discovery Channel, USA.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert acted on behalf of nine Respondents. Case was about rodent infestation and international shipping.
Training / Seminars
Rodent biology and management particularly in context of Asia and Africa with a focus on ecologically-based rodent management.
Rodent zoonosis and infectious diseases, particularly risk reduction and surveillance.
Other Relevant Experience
Managing and leading large teams of scientists, government and non-government officials from different organisations and contexts who are brought together to work within the context of projects and programmes.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Fluent
Bambara - spoken in Mali Intermediate
German Basic

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