Wildlife Epidemiology

Strawberry Dart FrogThis theme, led by Andrew Cunningham, involves the identification and investigation of wildlife diseases (both infectious and non-infectious); ranging from basic studies on pathogens through to the assessment of their likely impacts on human health and biodiversity conservation.

This includes the development of collaborative inter-disciplinary approaches involving a wide range of specialisms to work towards an understanding of how diseases influence their host populations and the mechanisms underlying disease emergence in wildlife, domestic animals and humans. The importance of anthropogenic influences on host-parasite interactions is of particular interest in this respect.


Currently there are several projects underway to investigate disease threats to native species populations in Britain,

Further afield we are working to save the endangered mountain chicken frogprotecting endangered giant Chinese salamanders from novel diseases and studying the infection dynamics of central African fruit bat colonies.