Dr Rhys Aled Jones

Dr Rhys Aled Jones

Darlithydd Gwyddor Da Byw a’r Amgylchedd (Cyfrwng Cymraeg)

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I graduated from Aberystwyth University with a BSc (First Class) degree in Agriculture with Animal Science (2013) and an MSc (Distinction) in Livestock Science (2014). I recently completed a PhD at Aberystwyth University entitled ‘Epidemiology of Rumen Fluke (Calicophoron daubneyi) on Welsh Farms. During the PhD, I utilized molecular and computational modelling techniques to investigate the epidemiology of rumen fluke infections within its ruminant and intermediate snail host. I was appointed as a lecturer in Livestock Science and the Environment (Welsh Medium) at IBERS, Aberystwyth University in September 2017.

I’m originally from north Wales, where I was raised on an upland beef and sheep farm. I still take a keen interest in the family farm as well as wider Agriculture issues. My other interest include football and rugby.



My research interests lie within the field of veterinary parasitology. I’m particularly interested in  developing sustainable parasite control techniques for livestock producers. Ongoing research projects focus on liver fluke, rumen fluke, intermediate snail host Galba truncatula and gastrointestinal nematodes of cattle and sheep.


The prevalence and development of digenean parasites within their intermediate snail host, Galba truncatula, in a geographic area where the presence of Calicophoron daubneyi has recently been confirmedJones, R., Williams, H., Dalesman, S., Sinmidele, A., Thomas, R. & Brophy, P. 2017 In : Veterinary Parasitology.240, p. 68-74
Prevalence of rumen fluke (Calicophoron daubneyi) in cattle herds, sheep flocks and in intermediate snail host, G. truncatula, on Welsh farmsJones, R., Williams, H. & Brophy, P. 2017 In : Advances in Animal Biosciences.8, 1, p. 66
Rumen fluke Calicophoron daubneyi on Welsh farms: Prevalence, risk factors, and observations on co-infection with Fasciola hepaticaJones, R., Brophy, P., Mitchell, E. S. & Williams, H. 2017 In : Parasitology.144, 2, p. 237-24711 p.
Confirmation of Galba truncatula as an intermediate host snail for Calicophoron daubneyi in Great Britain, with evidence of alternative snail species hosting Fasciola hepaticaJones, R., Williams, H., Dalesman, S. & Brophy, P. 2015 In : Parasites & Vectors.8, 656, 4 p.