Professor Mike Hutchings

Scotland's Rural College

Research Interests

Ecologist with a specific interest in the identification, characterisation and quantification of the key biological processes that drive disease persistence and spread in the livestock industries.

Research areas include: the role of wildlife in the epidemiology of livestock disease; the early detection of disease using animal behaviour; the effects of host environment and farming practice on disease risk, persistence and spread; and the development and testing of disease control strategies (e.g. paratuberculosis, gastrointestinal parasitism, e-coli O157, bovine TB).

PhD Students

Kirsty Hughes - Transmission of E. Coli O157:H7 in cattle


  • BSc Biology, University of Southampton 1989
  • MSc, University of Bristol, 1993
  • PhD 'The risk of transmission of bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) posed to cattle by badgers (Meles meles)' University of Bristol, 1996