Dr Harriet Auty

Scotland's Rural College

Research Interests

I am a veterinary epidemiologist with interests in the dynamics, impacts and control of livestock diseases, particularly vector borne diseases and zoonoses.

I qualified as a vet from University of Liverpool in 2004 and after a stint in general practice moved to University of Edinburgh for a PhD at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine. My PhD focused on the epidemiology and ecology of vector borne zoonoses in Tanzania. As a post doc at University of Glasgow I was involved with designing, implementing and coordinating field projects, firstly on approaches to surveillance and secondly on endemic foot and mouth disease in Tanzania.

I started at the SRUC in November 2011 and am a research fellow with EPIC – the Scottish Government’s Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks. I am predominantly involved in the modules concerned with outbreak situations – risk, contingency and coordinating rapid access to advice, as well as providing veterinary and epidemiological input for models of disease.

Selected Publications

  • Porphyre T., Auty H., Tildesley M., Gunn G., Woolhouse M. (2013) Vaccination against foot and mouth disease: Do initial conditions affect its benefit? PLOS One 8 (10) e77616
  • Bessell P., Searle K., Auty H., Handel I., Purse B., Bronsvoort B. (2013) Epidemic potential of an emerging vector borne disease in a marginal environment: Schmallenberg in Scotland. Scientific Reports 3, 1178
  • Auty H., Picozzi K., Torr S., Malele I., Cleaveland S., Welburn S. (2012) Using molecular data for epidemiological inference; assessing the prevalence of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense in tsetse in Serengeti, Tanzania. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 6 (1) e1501
  • Auty H., Anderson N., Picozzi K., Lembo T., Mubanga J., Hoare R., Fyumagwa R., Mable B., Hamill L., Cleaveland S., Welburn S. (2012) Trypanosome diversity in wildlife species from the Serengeti and Luangwa Valley ecosystems. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 6 (10) e1828
  • Halliday J., Daborn C., Auty H., Hampson K., Mtema Z., Knobel D., Cleaveland S. (2012) Gaps in global surveillance for emerging zoonoses: why it makes sense to focus on endemic zoonoses. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 367, 2872-2880