School of Biological Sciences
- Barreaux Antoine
Department: School for Biological Sciences.
Expertise: He is an evolutionary biologist interested in vector-borne disease, ecology and evolution, carry over effects, and host parasites interactions. I aim to contribute to the reduction in transmission and ultimately the elimination of vector-borne diseases with a focus on Africa. He is currently developing evolutionary models of maternal investment in tsetse flies, and also modeling the impacts on the epidemiology of the animal/human African trypanosomiasis linked to data collected in the lab at the LSTM and in the field in Zimbabwe.
Twitter: @AMGBarreauxDiane Hird
Role: Senior Research Associate, CONNECTED Network Manager.
Department: School of Biological Sciences, Cabot Institute for the Environment.
Expertise: She is a plant molecular biologist by training with a strong interest in applied plant science and sustainable agriculture. She also has experience of public engagement and outreach work around plant science.
CONNECTED is a vector-borne disease network based at, and led from, the University of Bristol, UK. It is funded by the UK government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which supports research on global issues affecting developing countries. She works within the CONNECTED Network team to manage international pump-prime funded research projects, and develop and deliver training events and networking opportunities with a particular focus on international early career researchers.
Twitter: @CONNECTED_Virus, www.connectedvirus.netMartin J. How
Role: Royal Society University Research Fellow.
Department: School of Biological Sciences, Animal Behaviour and Sensory Biology.
Expertise: Animal vision is often very different from our own. As humans, we can become complacent about the level of visual information around us, assuming that what we see is all that there is. However, the more that we understand about animal vision, the more that we must recognise the different ways that animals view their world.
Stepping out of our own sensory realm to try to understand how different species sense their own environments represents an exciting challenge to science and is a field that I find deeply fascinating.
He is interested in support for African collaborations, and future grant writing.
Twitter: @ecologyofvision @drmartinjohnhow
PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/martin-j-howPatrick Kennedy
Role: Research Associate.
Department: School of Biological Sciences.
Expertise: Evolution of animal conflict and cooperation, focusing on the origin of altruism using fieldwork and theory. He is starting a Marie Curie Global Fellowship next year (2021), working on the evolution and ecology of African social wasps in order to shed light on the evolution of cooperation in animals. This basic STEM fieldwork and research will be in collaboration with biologists in Cameroon, Kenya, and South Africa.
He will also be working in Cameroon, Kenya, and South Africa, and he is interested in building great collaborations with biologists in these countries.
PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/patrick-kennedyNina Ockendon-Powell
Role: Senior Research Associate.
Department: School of Biological Sciences.
Expertise: To collaborate with on SSA-focused food security and sustainable agriculture. The CONNECTED Network tackles challenges of vector-borne plant viruses in SSA, through funding new research and building research capacity, particularly focusing on early career researchers.
PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/nina-f-ockendon-powellRichard Wall
Role: Professor of Zoology.
Department: Cabot Institute for the Environment, Infection and Immunity, School of Biological Science, Plant and Agricultural Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Change.
Expertise: His work is contributing to enhanced food security in Southern Africa by increasing the ability to control endemic, production-limiting tick-borne disease (TBD) in livestock. He and his team are undertaking systematic tick collection and pathogen analysis to allow spatial distributions of TBD risk to be mapped. We are also working with local government veterinary departments to provide tick identification training and facilitate improved outbreak risk assessment and regional responses to risk. Quantifying risk will contribute to improved TBD management and improve both the productivity of commercial livestock production systems and the livelihoods of smallholder subsistence farmers, augmenting food security and resilience.
School of Chemistry
- Charl Faul
Role: Professor of Materials Chemistry.
Department: School of Chemistry, the Cabot Institute for the Environment, the Bristol Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information.
Expertise: He has a number of informal contacts with researchers in Botswana, Senegal and South Africa in the areas of sustainable materials for energy storage and water purification. He is a mentor on the African Academy of Sciences Mentorship scheme, which has been a fantastic opportunity to engage with early career researchers from across Africa. He is also involved in the organisation of the African Materials Research Society's international meeting in 2021. If you are active in the areas of sustainable materials for energy storage and water purification, please do feel free to contact me at: faulresearchgroup.com & email.
Twitter: @FaulResearchDudley Shallcross
Role: Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry.
Department: School of Chemistry, Cabot Institute for the Environment, Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Atmospheric and Global Change Chemistry, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry.
Expertise: The Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) have worked in collaboration with the University of the Western Cape (Prof. Mike Davies-Coleman, Dean of Natural Science and Benjamin Meaker Fellow), and the South African Weather Service and the Department for Environmental Affairs to deploy a state-of-the-art instrument (GC-MS) at the Cape Point Observatory (CPO). These data provide the first continuous measurements of halocarbons of natural origin (terrestrial and aquatic) and through human activity. These halocarbons play a role in local and regional climate, some are ozone depleting substances and some are strong greenhouse gases. Therefore, this work provides the first assessment of such species for South Africa and has provided training and support for South African scientists.
School of Physics
- Mark Birkinshaw
Role: William P. Coldrick Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics.
Department: School of Physics.
Expertise: His works on the large-scale structure of the Universe and the properties of the massive objects contained within it, using both observation and theory.
He has been working with the DARA project to extend education in radio astronomy so that African astronomers can take advantage of the new infrastructure and can use the technical knowledge from the SKA project for more general societal development.
DARA: Development in Africa through Radio Astronomy (https://www.dara-project.org/)
SKA: Square Kilometre Array – serve on a number of STFC and UKRI committees. The largest radio astronomy project in the world, the SKA, has and important component under way in Africa.
TU-K: DARA-funded research project