2013-Present: PhD Candidate – Institute of Zoology ZSL and University of Liverpool
2013: Field Assistant – University of St. Andrews and Wageningen University
2013: Research Technician – University of Leeds
WUN summer field school Arctic environments: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities course in Yukon, Canada.
2011 and 2012: Volunteer Field Assistant – Tsaobis Baboon Project
2010-2011: Research Technician – Institute of Zoology, ZSL
2009-2010: MSc Wild Animal Biology (Merit) – Royal Veterinary College
2009: Laboratory Technician – Tepha, Inc.
2005-2008: BSc (Hons) Zoology – University of Nottingham
My research interests are in the environmental and spatial drivers of host behaviour and the influence of this on disease transmission. My PhD research uses primates and their parasites in a seasonal arid environment as a model system. To explore the determinants of individual parasite burdens, I measure the baboons’ behaviour and health; changes in the persistence of parasites within the environment; and changes in the populations of intermediate hosts. This work will be carried out at the Tsaobis Baboon Project. Ultimately, it is hoped that this research will help us to better predict changes in wildlife disease and the emergence of zoonotics in human populations as a result of global climate change.
I also have a more general interest in microbial ecology, having worked on a project at the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. This research used testate amoeba in peatlands as indicators of current and historic environmental conditions.
Swindles, G.T., Reczuga, M., Lamentowicz. M., Raby, C,L., et al. (2014) Ecology of Testate Amoebae in an Amazonian Peatland and Development of a Transfer Function for Palaeohydrological Reconstruction. Microbial Ecology 68(2):284-98. doi: 10.1007/s00248-014-0378-5.
Swindles, G.T., Holden, J., Raby, C,L., et al. (2015) Testing peatland water-table depth transfer functions using high-resolution hydrological monitoring data, Quaternary Science Reviews, 120: 107-117
Swindles, G.T., Amesbury, M.J., Turner, T.E., Carrivick, J.L., Woulds, C., Raby, C., et al. (2015) Evaluating the use of testate amoebae for palaeohydrological reconstruction in permafrost peatlands. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 424: 111-122
Swindles, G.T., Green, S.M., Brown, L., Holden, J., Raby, C,L., et al. (2016) Evaluating the use of dominant microbial consumers (testate amoebae) as indicators of blanket peatland restoration. Ecological Indicators, 69: 318-330
A member of the Ecology, Evolution and Genomics of Infectious Disease group at the University of Liverpool.
A committee member of the British Ecological Society's Parasites and Pathogens SIG
Funded by a NERC CASE Award
One of five Scientists in the November 2013 Ecology Zone of ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’.
Tutor for The Brilliant Club, teaching disease ecology to KS4 students.
Co-designer and team member of Project Patient Zero