Research interests

  • Animal behaviour
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Disease ecology
  • Wildlife epidemiology

Scientific projects

I studied zoology at Cardiff University where I gained a range of research experience and developed an interest in emerging infectious diseases and animal behaviour. During my time at Cardiff, I worked on the host-parasite interactions and behaviour of guppies (Poecilia reticulata) and Gyrodactylid parasites, Drosophila behaviour, and conservation genetics of the endangered mountain chicken frog (Leptodactylus fallax). I also completed a placement year at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London where I screened for and characterised infectious diseases of herpetofauna.

To continue my research into animal behaviour and infectious disease I am undertaking a PhD project focusing on the behaviour and health of honeybees in the Asian tropics. Supervised by Dr. Natalie Hempel de Ibarra and Dr. Lena Bayer-Wilfert, and co-supervised by Dr. Hema Somanathan (IISER Thiruvananthapuram), this interdisciplinary and international project will seek to understand the foraging behaviour and disease ecology of honeybees in India.


    Owen Wright