Neil Anderson

Former PhD student (CID)


Neil Anderson was a joint PhD student (with S.C,. Welburn, CID) until 2009 studying trypanosomiasis epidemiology in wildlife.


I qualified as a veterinarian in 1996 and spent twelve years in private clinical practice. I obtained a PhD in wildlife epidemiology from the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and have field experience working with free-ranging wildlife populations in southern Africa. My research interests centre around the transmission of diseases of the wildlife / livestock / human interface and I have specialist expertise in the ecology of trypanosomiasis in wildlife populations. I have published on the subject in international peer reviewed journals and have lectured internationally. I am currently working as a postdoctoral research officer for the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium case studies in Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Academic Qualifications

  • 2009: Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, University of Edinburgh [An Investigation into the Ecology of Trypanosomiasis in Wildlife of the Luangwa Valley, Zambia]
  • 1996: Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol

Professional Qualifications

1996: Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, MRCVS

Current Research Interests

My current research interests focus on the spatial ecology of wildlife disease with particular reference to trypanosomiasis

Research Interests

I am currently part of a large consortium research project investigating the role of biodiversity in the regulation of infectious disease transmission. Using trypanosomiasis as a case study we are investigating 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 this vector-borne disease.



The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus
Midlothian EH25 9RG

Tel: +44(0)131 651 7300

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