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I am involved in the development of the Global Vector Hub (GVH), responsible for building and managing relationships with stakeholders, users, data providers and industry supporters. For more information, please see: https://globalvectorhub.lshtm.ac.uk/ I am interested in the general concept of parasitism, and especially the interactions of vector species with their environment and with the pathogens transmitted by them.
Ticks have relatively complex microbiomes, but only a small proportion of the bacterial symbionts recorded from ticks are vertically transmitted. Moreover, co-cladogenesis between ticks and their symbionts, indicating an intimate relationship over evolutionary history driven by a mutualistic association, is the exception rather than the rule. One o...
In the past decade, two pathogens transmitted by Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae), bluetongue virus and Schmallenberg virus, have caused serious economic losses to the European livestock industry, most notably affecting sheep and cattle. These outbreaks of arboviral disease have highlighted large knowledge gaps on the biology and...
The hard tick Ixodes ricinus is the principal vector of Lyme borreliosis (LB) group spirochaetes in Europe, but it also transmits a large number of other microbial pathogens that are of importance to animal and human health. Here, we characterise geographically distinct populations of this important ectoparasite based on multilocus sequence typing...
The geographic patterns of transmission opportunities of vector-borne zoonoses are determined by a complex interplay between the migration patterns of the host and the vector. Here we examine the impact of host migration on the spread of a tick-borne zoonotic disease, using Lyme Borreliosis (LB) spirochaetal species in Europe. We demonstrate that t...
I was hoping to tap into the vast knowledge assembled in this group by asking this question: How many Medical Entomologists and vector control experts do you estimate are there in the world? By this we mean anybody who is active in academia, research, public health, vector control agencies and commercial companies.
The reason I’m asking is that we’re trying to gauge the potential audience for the Global Vector Hub.
The Global Vector Hub is an open access, interactive resource that not only has the capacity to transform vector research and vector control programmes, but revolutionise our preparedness and ability to respond quickly and effectively to vector-borne disease outbreaks, around the world. https://globalvectorhub.lshtm.ac.uk/