Professor Chris J Thomas
University Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research
BSc Zoology, PhD Zoology
Office: Vice-Chancellor's Office, Aberystwyth University, Visualisation Centre, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BF
Phone: +44 (0)1970 621987 (Direct, Executive PA: Charles Lloyd Harvey firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contribute to modules:
- BR12510 Biological Thought and Discovery (year 1)
- BRM0210 Critical Evaluation in Environmental Management (MSc)
- EAM2920 Remote Sensing Issues (MSc, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences)
- disease transmission in relation to vector ecology, landscape composition, structure and dynamics;
- effect of climate and environmental change on these processes;
- spatial scaling of these processes.
We employ a broad range of analytical and geographic techniques (e.g. spatial statistical and simulation modelling, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and image processing) in addition to traditional field ecological methods. Coupling ecology with geography provides exciting opportunities to link theory to the real world. However, it is clear that the research agenda for many complex ecological systems spans a number of disciplinary boundaries and I often collaborate with scientists from other areas.
Current work includes: an ecological approach to understanding spatial patterns of malaria transmission at local to landscape scales in Africa; modeling malaria and projected climate in Africa; UG99 wheat rust global risk; and the relationship between bovine tuberculosis and climate in the UK; livestock infectious diseases and climate change in Europe.
Donall Cross (Research Assistant)
Nelis Drost (PhD student, supervised with Dr Gamarra)
Heather Crump (PhD student, supervised with Professor Lucas, IGES and industrial partner Ecology Matters)
Dr Javier Gamarra (Research Fellow)
Dr Andrew Hardy (Lecturer)
Rebecca Thomas (Research Assistant)
Dr Hefin Williams (Lecturer)
Research Group Affiliations
Chris holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of Glasgow (1993), and was at Durham University from 1993 – 2006. In 2007 he was appointed as Chair in Ecological Modelling in CIRRE (Centre for Integrated Research in the Rural Environment). In 2013 he was also made a Professor of Zoology and appointed as University Pro-Vice Chancellor.
NERC. HYDROMAL: Hydro-dynamic drivers of malaria transmission hazard in Africa. (£505,000). Principal Investigator.
EU 7th Framework Programme. ANIMALCHANGE: AN Integration of Mitigation and Adaptation options for sustainable Livestock production under climate CHANGE. Task leader: Climate change impacts on spread of infectious vector-borne diseases.
NERC. ESPA Partnership and Project Development award (£50K) (2010-11). Mapping ecosystem services for agricultural improvement and human health in sub-Saharan Africa. Principal Investigator.
NIH. National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH/NIEHS), USA ($317,000 2007-2010): Participatory natural resource management to mitigate health inequities in Africa with a focus on the impacts of human conflicts over natural resources on health-related behaviour with specific reference to malaria. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Dr Christine Dunn, Durham University).
Academic Institutions and One Health: Building Capacity for Transdisciplinary Research Approaches to Address Complex Health Issues at the Animal–Human–Ecosystem Interface. Academic Medicine 90 (7) pp. 866-871. 10.1097/ACM.00000000000006392015.
Climate suitability for European ticks: assessing species distribution models against null models and projection under AR5 climate. Parasites & Vectors 8 (440) 10.1186/s13071-015-1046-42015.
Mapping hotspots of malaria transmission from pre-existing hydrology, geology and geomorphology data in the pre-elimination context of Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania. Parasites & Vectors 8 (1) 41 10.1186/s13071-015-0652-52015.
Habitat hydrology and geomorphology control the distribution of malaria vector larvae in rural Africa. PLoS One 8 (12) e81931 10.1371/journal.pone.00819312013.
Hydrological and geomorphological controls of malaria transmission. Earth-Science Reviews 116 pp. 109-127. 10.1016/j.earscirev.2012.11.0042013.
Landscape movements of Anopheles gambiae malaria vector mosquitoes in rural Gambia. PLoS One 8 (7) e68679 10.1371/journal.pone.00686792013.
A predador-prey system for microbial metapopulation studies. INRA-Rowett Symposium on Gut Microbiology, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 17/06/2012 - 20/06/2012.2012.
Metapopulation dynamics of a diadromous galaxiid fish and potential effects of salmonid aquaculture. Freshwater Biology 57 (6) pp. 1241-1252. 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2012.02794.x2012.
Transdisciplinary research in sustainability science: practice, principles, and challenges. Sustainability Science 7 (1 Supplement) pp. 25-43. 10.1007/s11625-011-0149-x2012.
No Evidence for Resistance to Fenbendazole in Trichostrongylus tenuis, a Nematode Parasite of the Red Grouse. Journal of Wildlife Management 74 (8) pp. 1799-1805. 10.2193/2009-1142010.
Malaria in Africa: spatial and temporal patterns at landscape and continental scales. Abstracts, American Association for the Advancement of Science Conference, Annual Conference, , 12/02/2009 - 16/02/2009.2009.
New diseases: Old evolutionary battles. IBERS Knowledge-based Innovations pp. 15-18.2009.
Modelling Malaria Epidemics in Relation to Future Climate in Africa. First International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics, Asilomar CA. First International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics, Asilomar CA, Asilomar, United States of America, 01/12/2008 - 03/12/2008. pp. 037.2008.
High spatial resolution mapping of malaria transmission risk in The Gambia, West Africa, using landsat TM satellite imagery. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 76 (5) pp. 875-881. Cadair Other2007.
The impact of climatic variation on the opportunity for sexual selection. Biology Letters 3 (1) pp. 12-15. 10.1098/rsbl.2006.05592007.
Monitoring snowmelt across the Arctic forest-tundra ecotone using Synthetic Aperture Radar. International Journal of Remote Sensing 27 (19) pp. 4347-4370. 10.1080/014311606008517932006.
Climate change and malaria risk: complexity and scaling. Environmental Change and Malaria Risk: Global and Local Implications. WAGENINGEN UR FRONTIS SERIES, vol. 9 Springer, DORDRECHT2005.
Effect of topography on the risk of malaria infection in the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 98 (7) pp. 400-408. 10.1016/j.trstmh.2003.11.005 Cadair2004.
Global warming and malaria: a call for accuracy. Lancet Infectious Diseases 4 (6) pp. 323-324. 10.1016/S1473-3099(04)01038-22004.
Malaria: a changed climate in Africa? Nature 427 (6976) pp. 690-691. 10.1038/427690b2004.
The role of food supply in the dispersal behaviour of juvenile Tawny Owls Strix aluco. Ibis 145 (2) pp. E59-E68. 10.1046/j.1474-919X.2003.00158.x2003.
Risk of malaria attacks in Gambian children is greater away from malaria vector breeding sites. Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 96 (5) pp. 499-506. 10.1016/S0035-9203(02)90419-02002.
Dispersal characteristics of seven odonate species in an agricultural landscape. Ecography 22 (5) pp. 524-531. 10.1111/j.1600-0587.1999.tb01282.x1999.
Mapping the ranges and relative abundance of the two principal African malaria vectors, Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto and An. arabiensis, using climate data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 265 (1399) pp. 847-54. 10.1098/rspb.1998.03691998.