The DRAHS team works to analyse and reduce the risks from conservation translocations through undertaking disease risk analyses (DRAs), developing disease risk management protocols (DRMs), undertaking health examinations of live animals prior to release, and post-release health surveillance (PRHS).
My role covers each of these aspects of DRAHS work, principally for native British species, including the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber), red kite (Milvus milvus), sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) and white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), at different stages of their conservation. I am passionate about wildlife and particularly interested in the epidemiology of viral diseases in free-living wild animal populations and how this can be used to positively impact conservation. Our evolving methods are tested on current translocation projects for conservation purposes in collaboration with Natural England - see the DRAHS page for more information on current projects.
The DRAHS vision is to generate healthy and abundant free-living wildlife populations resulting from conservation translocations.
Please visit the DRAHS page to learn more about our work and ongoing projects, or feel free to email me directly with any questions.