Dr Rhys Jones

Dr Rhys 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.


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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.

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  • Parasitology and Helminth Control


Williams, E, Brophy, P, Williams, HW, Davies, N & Jones, R 2021, 'Gastrointestinal nematode control practices in ewes: Identification of factors associated with application of control methods known to influence anthelmintic resistance development', Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports, vol. 24, 100562. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vprsr.2021.100562
Williams, M, Davis, CN, Jones, DL, Davies, ES, Vasina, P, Cutress, D, Rose, MT, Jones, RA & Williams, HW 2021, 'Lying behaviour of housed and outdoor-managed pregnant sheep', Applied Animal Behaviour Science, vol. 241, 105370. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2021.105370
Williams, E, Brophy, P, Williams, HW, Davies, N & Jones, R 2021, 'Reproductive performance of ewes following pre-mating targeted selective treatment against gastrointestinal nematodes', Animal - Science proceedings, vol. 12, no. 1, 179, pp. 149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anscip.2021.03.180
Jones, RA, Davis, CN, Jones, DL, Tyson, F, Davies, E, Cutress, D, Brophy, PM, Rose, MT, Williams, M & Williams, HW 2021, 'Temporal dynamics of trematode intermediate snail host environmental DNA in small water body habitats', Parasitology. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182021001104
Davis, C, Tyson, F, Cutress, D, Davies, E, Jones, D, Brophy, P, Prescott, A, Rose, M, Williams, M, Williams, H & Jones, R 2020, 'Rapid detection of Galba truncatula in water sources on pasture-land using loop-mediated isothermal amplification for control of trematode infections', Parasites & Vectors, vol. 13, no. 496. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-020-04371-0
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