Much of our collaborative research relates to the ecology and control of bovine tuberculosis in badgers and cattle.

Prof Allen Moore

Professor Allen Moore (Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Transfer) and Adrian Belton (Chief Executive of Fera) in the CLES teaching lab after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in 2010.

Follow the links below to learn more about the members of the Wildlife Research Co-Operative management committee:

Pete Robertson (Co-chair, NWMC)

Robbie McDonald (Co-chair, Exeter)

Stuart Bearhop (Exeter)

Richard ‘Dez’ Delahay (NWMC)

Wildlife Research Co-Operative

A Wildlife Research Co-Operative was recently established in response to the continuing expansion of the University’s joint research programme with the UK’s National Wildlife Management Centre. The Unit was modelled on a successful U.S. programme facilitating co-operative research between government and academic wildlife scientists.

The Wildlife Research Co-Operative aims to:

  • Support collaborative scientific work
  • Exchange and develop skills, knowledge, and experience
  • Provide training to students and staff

Our interests broadly relate to the ecology and management of wildlife and the natural environment. We have specific interest and expertise in:

  • Ecology and management of wildlife diseases, particularly tuberculosis and rabies
  • Ecology and management of invasive non-native species
  • Bird management and migration, including bird-strike risk management
  • Social networks in wild animals and their consequences for management
  • Conflicts involving wildlife
  • Social dimensions of wildlife management
  • Evolutionary and molecular genetics of wildlife

This is only the latest development in a partnership that was begun in 2008 with a joint PhD studentship; this was followed by additional collaborations in research, training, and teaching. In December 2010, the partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding to endorse our programme of collaborative research activity.

Fast facts about the Wildlife Research Co-Operative

PartnersCollaboratorsSources of funding
There are two main partners in the Unit:

National Wildlife Management Centre, now part of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, primarily through its Centre for Ecology and Conservation and Environment and Sustainability Institute
We collaborate with a broad range of institutions, including:

University of Newcastle (research partners in a second collaborative wildlife centre with NWMC)

Other colleagues in Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Colleagues at Food and Environment Research Agency
Our work is supported by:

Defra (Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

European Social Fund

Click to read about research projects being undertaken by the Unit, and to see a list of selected publications.