Dr Neil Anderson

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Research Interests

Conservation Medicine may be described as the practical application of One Health to the conservation of biodiversity. In broad terms, my research interests centre on how Conservation Medicine may be applied to provide sustainable disease control and health interventions. I have a particular interest in trypanosomiasis in wildlife in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent projects include the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium research project investigating the role of biodiversity in the regulation of infectious disease transmission. Using trypanosomiasis as a case study we investigated the impact of land cover change on disease transmission. I am applying GIS and geospatial modelling techniques to further understand the spatial dynamics of transmission of trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa.

I am co-supervising a PhD project studying raptor health as an indicator of ecosystem health and the development of novel surveillance tools for conservation. I provide veterinary and scientific support for conservation projects including the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project. I would like to further the application of Conservation Medicine and One Health principles in support of wildlife research and conservation projects.

Selected Publications

  • Simon Alderton, Ewan T Macleod, Neil E Anderson, Kathrin Schaten, Joanna Kuleszo, Martin Simuunza, Susan C Welburn, Peter M Atkinson. 2016. A Multi-Host Agent-Based Model for a Zoonotic, Vector-Borne Disease. A Case Study on Trypanosomiasis in Eastern Province, Zambia. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases Vol: 10. More»
  • Neil Anderson, Paul Bessell, Joseph Mubanga, Robert Thomas, Mark Eisler, Eric Fevre, Susan Welburn. 2016. Ecological Monitoring and Health Research in Luambe National Park, Zambia: Generation of Baseline Data Layers. Ecohealth Vol: 13 Pages: 511-524. More»
  • Catherine Grant, Neil Anderson, Noreen Machila. 2015. Stakeholder Narratives on Trypanosomiasis, Their Effect on Policy and the Scope for One Health. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases Vol: 9. More»
  • Neil E Anderson, Joseph Mubanga, Noreen Machila, Peter M Atkinson, Vupenyu Dzingirai, Susan C Welburn. 2015. Sleeping sickness and its relationship with development and biodiversity conservation in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. Parasites and Vectors Vol: 8. More»
  • Harriet Auty, Neil Anderson, Kim Picozzi, Tiziana Lembo, Joseph Mubanga, Richard Hoare, Robert D. Fyumagwa, Barbara Mable, Louise Hamill, Sarah Cleaveland, Susan C. Welburn. 2012. Trypanosome Diversity in Wildlife Species from the Serengeti and Luangwa Valley Ecosystems. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases Vol: 6. More»
  • Neil Anderson, Joseph Mubanga, Eric M Fevre, Kim Picozzi, Mark C Eisler, Robert Thomas, Susan C Welburn. 2011. Characterisation of the wildlife reservoir community for human and animal trypanosomiasis in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases Vol: 5. More»