Harriet Auty

Former PhD student (CID and S. Cleaveland, Glasgow)


Harriet Auty was a joint PhD student (with S.C,. Welburn, CID and S. Cleaveland, Glasgow) until 2009 studying the trypanosomiasis epidemiology in wildlife (including warthogs!). She is now working at the Scottish Agricultural 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.



  • 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 Access it online
  • 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 Access it online
  • 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 Access it online
  • 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  Access it online
  • 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


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