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Professor Robbie McDonald

Professor Robbie McDonald

Chair in Natural Environment

 01326 255720

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 1.01

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

November 2018: 26th 14:00-15:00; 27th 13:15-14:15

December 2018: 3rd 10:00-11:00; 12th 9.45-10.45; 13th 10:45-11:45.

January 2019: 15th 16:00-17:00; 18th 11:00-12:00; 21st 13:15-14:15; 25th 13:15-14:15; 28th 9:15-10:15; 31st 9:00-10:00

Overview

My research group website is wildlifescience.org

I am an ecologist with an interest in the practices of animal management. My work is interdisciplinary in nature and addresses problems that animals cause for people and the conflicts and disputes among people about their management. I work on the management of native and introduced, wild and domestic species to achieve goals for controlling and eradicating disease in people and animals, for conserving biodiversity and for improving livelihoods.

One of my major current projects is investigating the ecology and epidemiology of Guinea worm infection in free-ranging domestic dogs in Chad and Ethiopia. This work contributes to the global programme for eradication of human Guinea worm disease, being led by The Carter Center and the World Health Organisation.

I also work with cat owners to address the challenges for cat health and well-being and for wildlife populations that can be presented by cat predation of wildlife. This is a major project supported by Songbird Survival.

My PhD researchers and I work on a variety of wildlife conservation and management projects, mainly in the UK. Recent work has addressed the conservation of hazel dormice, pine marten restoration and its ecological effects, the recovery of polecats, wildcat conservation, the ecological effects of Tasmanian devil decline and predation of pheasants by buzzards. 

For the last 10 years or so, my research has focused on the science, policy and practical implications of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in badgers and cattle. In this area, I work mainly in partnership with the National Wildlife Management Centre of the Animal and Plant Health Agency. You can find out more by watching this two-minute video of me explaining my work on bovine tuberculosis.

You can view my Google Scholar account here.

 

Qualifications

1998 PhD Wildlife Biology (University of Bristol)
1991
BSc Marine and Environmental Biology (St Andrews)

Career

2011 Chair in Natural Environment, University of Exeter
2009-2011 Head of Wildlife Science and Deputy Chief Scientist, Food and Environment Research Agency (now part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency)
2007-2009 Head of Wildlife Disease Ecology Team/Head of Wildlife Ecology and Management Group, Central Science Laboratory
2003-2007 Centre Manager - Quercus, Queens University Belfast
2002-2003 Senior Scientist, Game Conservancy Trust
2000-2001 Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Waikato

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Research

Research interests

  • Animal ecology
  • Wildlife management and conservation
  • Conflicts and disputes about animals and their management
  • Ecology and management of domestic animals in the environment
  • Animal social networks and their implications for ecology and diseases
  • Ecology and management of introduced and invasive species

I am always learning new approaches and applying new (to me at least) methods for addressing these challenges. I am interested in developing and applying:

  • Social network analysis
  • Proximity-sensing technology
  • Novel tracking technologies
  • Stable isotope techniques
  • Q-methodology

Research projects

My currently funded projects include:

  • Ecology and epidemiology of Guinea worm infection in dogs (with The Carter Center, WHO. Ethiopian Public Health Institute and Chad Ministry of Public Health)
  • Cats, cat owners and predation of wildlife (with Songbird Survival and advice from International Cat Care and RSPCA) 
  • Ecology and management of tuberculosis in badgers and cattle (with Animal and Plant Health Agency)
  • Woodland management and conservation of hazel dormice (with Forestry Commission and People's Trust for Endangered Species)
  • Polecat recovery in Great Britain (with Vincent Wildlife Trust)
  • Pine marten translocations and their ecological effects (with Forestry Commission and Vincent Wildlife Trust)
  • Wildcat conservation and relationships with domestic cats (with Scottish Natural Heritage)
  • Ecological effects of Tasmanian devil decline (with University of Tasmania)
  • Social networks in free-ranging dogs and the transmission of infections (with Institute for Scientific Interchange, Turin)
  • Predation of pheasants by buzzards 
  • Bewick's swan conservation, illegal killing and the effects of lead exposure (with Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust)
  • Leader of the pack: social structure and predator management (Australian Research Council funding, with Deakin University)

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Silk MJ, Weber NL, Steward LC, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (In Press). Contact networks structured by sex underpin sex-specific epidemiology of infection. Ecol Lett, 21(2), 309-318. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sheppard CE, Marshall HH, Inger R, Thompson FJ, Vitikainen EIK, Barker S, Nichols HJ, Wells DA, McDonald RA, Cant MA, et al (2018). Decoupling of Genetic and Cultural Inheritance in a Wild Mammal. Current Biology, 28(11), 1846-1850.e2. Abstract.  Full text.
Sheppard CE, Inger R, McDonald RA, Barker S, Jackson AL, Thompson FJ, Vitikainen EIK, Cant MA, Marshall HH (2018). Intragroup competition predicts individual foraging specialisation in a group-living mammal. Ecology Letters, 21(5), 665-673. Abstract.  Full text.
Swan GJF, Redpath SM, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2017). Ecology of Problem Individuals and the Efficacy of Selective Wildlife Management. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(7), 518-530. Abstract.  Full text.
McDonald JL, Bailey T, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Smith GC, Hodgson DJ (2016). Demographic buffering and compensatory recruitment promotes the persistence of disease in a wildlife population. Ecol Lett, 19(4), 443-449. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Weber NL, Carter SP, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald JL, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2013). Badger social networks correlate with tuberculosis infection. Current Biology, 23(20), R915-R916. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Silk MJ, Weber NL, Steward LC, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (In Press). Contact networks structured by sex underpin sex-specific epidemiology of infection. Ecol Lett, 21(2), 309-318. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Drewe JA, Delahay RJ, Weber N, Steward LC, Wilson-Aggarwal J, Boots M, Hodgson DJ, Croft DP, McDonald RA, et al (In Press). Quantifying direct and indirect contacts for the potential transmission of infection between species using a multilayer contact network. Behaviour Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2019). The parakeet protectors: Understanding opposition to introduced species management. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 120-132. Abstract.  Full text.
Carter SP, Robertson A, Palphramand KL, Chambers MA, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2018). Bait uptake by wild badgers and its implications for oral vaccination against tuberculosis. PLoS One, 13(11). Abstract.  Author URL.
Goodwin CED, Suggitt AJ, Bennie J, Silk MJ, Duffy JP, Al-Fulaij N, Bailey S, Hodgson DJ, McDonald RA (2018). Climate, landscape, habitat, and woodland management associations with hazel dormouse. Muscardinus avellanarius. population status. Mammal Review, 48(3), 209-223. Full text.
Sheppard CE, Marshall HH, Inger R, Thompson FJ, Vitikainen EIK, Barker S, Nichols HJ, Wells DA, McDonald RA, Cant MA, et al (2018). Decoupling of Genetic and Cultural Inheritance in a Wild Mammal. Current Biology, 28(11), 1846-1850.e2. Abstract.  Full text.
Goodwin CED, Hodgson DJ, Bailey S, Bennie J, McDonald RA (2018). Habitat preferences of hazel dormice Muscardinus avellanarius and the effects of tree-felling on their movement. Forest Ecology and Management, 427, 190-199. Abstract.  Full text.
Benton CH, Delahay RJ, Smith FAP, Robertson A, McDonald RA, Young AJ, Burke TA, Hodgson D (2018). Inbreeding intensifies sex- and age-dependent disease in a wild mammal. J Anim Ecol, 87(6), 1500-1511. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sheppard CE, Inger R, McDonald RA, Barker S, Jackson AL, Thompson FJ, Vitikainen EIK, Cant MA, Marshall HH (2018). Intragroup competition predicts individual foraging specialisation in a group-living mammal. Ecology Letters, 21(5), 665-673. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe SJ, McDonald RA (2018). Killing squirrels: Exploring motivations and practices of lethal wildlife management. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space Full text.
Sainsbury KA, Shore RF, Schofield H, Croose E, Pereira MG, Sleep D, Kitchener AC, Hantke G, McDonald RA (2018). Long-term increase in secondary exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides in European polecats Mustela putorius in Great Britain. Environmental Pollution, 236, 689-698. Abstract.  Full text.
Rozins C, Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, McDonald RA, Weber N, Boots M (2018). Social structure contains epidemics and regulates individual roles in disease transmission in a group-living mammal. Ecology and Evolution Abstract.
Judge J, Wilson GJ, Macarthur R, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2017). Abundance of badgers (Meles meles) in England and Wales. Scientific Reports, 7(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Conflict in invasive species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15(3), 133-141. Full text.
Devine AP, McDonald RA, Quaife T, Maclean IMD (2017). Determinants of woody encroachment and cover in African savannas. Oecologia, 183(4), 939-951. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, Redpath SM, McDonald RA (2017). Disagreement About Invasive Species Does Not Equate to Denialism: a Response to Russell and Blackburn. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(4), 228-229. Full text.
Swan GJF, Redpath SM, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2017). Ecology of Problem Individuals and the Efficacy of Selective Wildlife Management. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(7), 518-530. Abstract.  Full text.
Palphramand K, Delahay R, Robertson A, Gowtage S, Williams GA, McDonald RA, Chambers M, Carter SP (2017). Field evaluation of candidate baits for oral delivery of BCG vaccine to European badgers, Meles meles. Vaccine, 35(34), 4402-4407. Abstract.  Full text.
Price S, Saunders C, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). From contradiction to contrast in a countryside conflict: Using Q Methodology to reveal a diplomatic space for doing TB differently. Environment and Planning A, 49(11), 2578-2594. Full text.
Robertson A, Delahay RJ, Wilson GJ, Vernon IJ, McDonald RA, Judge J (2017). How well do farmers know their badgers? Relating farmer knowledge to ecological survey data. Vet Rec, 180(2). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Nonhuman citizens on trial: the ecological politics of a beaver reintroduction. Environment and Planning A, 49(8), 1846-1866. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Weber N, Steward LC, Delahay RJ, Croft DP, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, McDonald RA (2017). Seasonal variation in daily patterns of social contacts in the European badger meles meles. Ecology and Evolution, 7(21), 9006-9015. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, Weber N, Boots M, Mcdonald RA (2017). The application of statistical network models in disease research. Methods in Ecology and Evolution Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Weber N, McDONALD RA (2017). Using social network measures in wildlife disease ecology, epidemiology, and management. BioScience, 67(3), 245-257. Abstract.  Full text.
Goodwin CED, Hodgson DJ, Al-Fulaij N, Bailey S, Langton S, Mcdonald RA (2017). Voluntary recording scheme reveals ongoing decline in the United Kingdom hazel dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius population. MAMMAL REVIEW, 47(3), 183-197. Author URL.  Full text.
Furness LE, Campbell A, Zhang L, Gaze WH, McDonald RA (2017). Wild small mammals as sentinels for the environmental transmission of antimicrobial resistance. Environmental Research, 154, 28-34. Abstract.  Full text.
Beirne C, Waring L, Mcdonald RA, Delahay R, Young AJ (2016). Age-related declines in immune response in a wild mammal are unrelated to immune cell telomere length. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B Full text.
Robertson A, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Aylett P, Henderson R, Gowtage S, Chambers MA, Carter SP (2016). Behaviour of European badgers and non-target species towards candidate baits for oral delivery of a tuberculosis vaccine. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 135, 95-101. Abstract.  Full text.
Benton CH, Delahay RJ, Robertson A, McDonald RA, Wilson AJ, Burke TA, Hodgson D (2016). Blood thicker than water: kinship, disease prevalence and group size drive divergent patterns of infection risk in a social mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1835), 20160798-20160798. Full text.
McDonald JL, Bailey T, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Smith GC, Hodgson DJ (2016). Demographic buffering and compensatory recruitment promotes the persistence of disease in a wildlife population. Ecol Lett, 19(4), 443-449. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2016). Invasive species management will benefit from social impact assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(2), 351-357. Full text.
Smith GC, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Budgey R (2016). Model of Selective and Non-Selective Management of Badgers (Meles meles) to Control Bovine Tuberculosis in Badgers and Cattle. PLoS One, 11(11). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Newth JL, Rees EC, Cromie RL, McDonald RA, Bearhop S, Pain DJ, Norton GJ, Deacon C, Hilton GM (2016). Widespread exposure to lead affects the body condition of free-living whooper swans Cygnus cygnus wintering in Britain. Environ Pollut, 209, 60-67. Abstract.  Author URL.
Veale AJ, Holland OJ, Mcdonald RA, Clout MN, Gleeson DM (2015). An invasive non-native mammal population conserves genetic diversity lost from its native range. Molecular Ecology Abstract.  Full text.
Tomlinson AJ, Chambers MA, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2015). Association of quantitative interferon-γ responses with the progression of naturally acquired Mycobacterium bovis infection in wild European badgers (Meles meles). Immunology, 144(2), 263-270. Abstract.  Author URL.
Robertson A, Chambers MA, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Palphramand KL, Rogers F, Carter SP (2015). Exposure of nontarget wildlife to candidate TB vaccine baits deployed for European badgers. European Journal of Wildlife Research
Jelbert K, Stott I, Mcdonald RA, Hodgson D (2015). Invasiveness of plants is predicted by size and fecundity in the native range. Ecology and Evolution Abstract.  Full text.
Robertson A, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Kelly SD, Bearhop S (2015). Resource availability affects individual niche variation and its consequences in group-living European badgers Meles meles. Oecologia, 178(1), 31-43. Abstract.  Author URL.
Devine AP, Stott I, Mcdonald RA, Maclean IMD (2015). Woody cover in wet and dry African savannas after six decades of experimental fires. Journal of Ecology Full text.
McDonald RA (2014). Animal health: How to control bovine tuberculosis. Nature, 511(7508), 158-159. Author URL.
Perkins MJ, McDonald RA, van Veen FJF, Kelly SD, Rees G, Bearhop S (2014). Application of nitrogen and carbon stable isotopes (δ(15)N and δ(13)C) to quantify food chain length and trophic structure. PLoS One, 9(3). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
McDonald RA (2014). Badgers and bovine tuberculosis. Curr Biol, 24(4), R141-R143. Author URL.
Reid N, Lundy MG, Hayden B, Waterman T, Looney D, Lynn D, Marnell F, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2014). Covering over the cracks in conservation assessments at EU interfaces: a cross-jurisdictional ecoregion scale approach using the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra). Ecological Indicators, 45, 93-102. Abstract.
Judge J, Wilson GJ, Macarthur R, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (2014). Density and abundance of badger social groups in England and Wales in 2011-2013. Sci Rep, 4 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Trewby ID, Young R, McDonald RA, Wilson GJ, Davison J, Walker N, Robertson A, Doncaster CP, Delahay RJ (2014). Impacts of removing badgers on localised counts of hedgehogs. PLoS One, 9(4). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Robertson A, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Kelly SD, Bearhop S (2014). Individual foraging specialisation in a social mammal: the European badger (Meles meles). Oecologia, 176(2), 409-421. Abstract.  Author URL.
McDonald JL, Smith GC, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Hodgson D (2014). Mortality trajectory analysis reveals the drivers of sex-specific epidemiology in natural wildlife-disease interactions. Proc Biol Sci, 281(1790). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Godfray HCJ, Donnelly CA, Kao RR, Macdonald DW, McDonald RA, Petrokofsky G, Wood JLN, Woodroffe R, Young DB, McLean AR, et al (2013). A restatement of the natural science evidence base relevant to the control of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain. Proc Biol Sci, 280(1768). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Parry GS, Bodger O, McDonald RA, Forman DW (2013). A systematic re-sampling approach to assess the probability of detecting otters Lutra lutra using spraint surveys on small lowland rivers. Ecological Informatics
Weber NL, Carter SP, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald JL, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2013). Badger social networks correlate with tuberculosis infection. Current Biology, 23(20), R915-R916. Abstract.
Weber N, Bearhop S, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Carter SP (2013). Denning behaviour of the European badger (Meles meles) correlates with bovine tuberculosis infection status. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 471-479. Abstract.
Reid N, Lundy MG, Hayden B, Lynn D, Marnell F, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2013). Detecting detectability: identifying and correcting bias in binary wildlife surveys demonstrates their potential impact on conservation assessments. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 1-11.
Etherington TR, Trewby ID, Wilson GJ, Mcdonald RA (2013). Expert opinion-based relative landscape isolation maps for badgers across England and Wales. Area
Tomlinson AJ, Chambers MA, Carter SP, Wilson GJ, Smith GC, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2013). Heterogeneity in the risk of Mycobacterium bovis infection in European badger (Meles meles) cubs. Epidemiol Infect, 141(7), 1458-1466. Abstract.  Author URL.
Perkins MJ, Mcdonald RA, van Veen FJF, Kelly SD, Rees G, Bearhop S (2013). Important impacts of tissue selection and lipid extraction on ecological parameters derived from stable isotope ratios. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4(10), 944-953. Abstract.
Graham J, Smith GC, Delahay RJ, Bailey TC, McDonald RA, Hodgson D (2013). Multistate modelling reveals sex-dependent transmission, progression and severity of tuberculosis in wild badgers. Epidemiology and Infection, 141, 1417-1427.
Drewe JA, O'Connor HM, Weber N, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2013). Patterns of direct and indirect contact between cattle and badgers naturally infected with tuberculosis. Epidemiology and Infection, 141(7), 1467-1475. Abstract.
Tomlinson AJ, Chambers MA, Wilson GJ, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2013). Sex-related heterogeneity in the life-history correlates of Mycobacterium bovis infection in European badgers (Meles meles). Transbound Emerg Dis, 60 Suppl 1, 37-45. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brown SL, Bearhop S, Harrod C, McDonald RA (2012). A review of spatial and temporal variation in grey and common seal diet in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 92(8), 1711-1722. Abstract.
Carter SP, Chambers MA, Rushton SP, Shirley MDF, Schuchert P, Pietravalle S, Murray A, Rogers F, Gettinby G, Smith GC, et al (2012). BCG vaccination reduces risk of tuberculosis infection in vaccinated badgers and unvaccinated badger cubs. PLoS One, 7(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Reid N, Wilson GJ, Montgomery WI, McDonald RA (2012). Changes in the prevalence of badger persecution in Northern Ireland. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 58(1), 177-183. Abstract.
Smith GC, McDonald RA, Wilkinson D (2012). Comparing Badger (Meles meles) management strategies for reducing tuberculosis incidence in cattle. PLoS ONE, 7(6). Abstract.  Full text.
Ritchie EG, Elmhagen B, Glen AS, Letnic M, Ludwig G, McDonald RA (2012). Ecosystem restoration with teeth: what role for predators?. Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Mill AC, Rushton SP, Shirley MDF, Murray AWA, Smith GC, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (2012). Farm-scale risk factors for bovine tuberculosis incidence in cattle herds during the Randomized Badger Culling Trial. Epidemiology and Infection, 140(2), 219-230. Abstract.
Reid N, Etherington TR, Wilson GJ, Montgomery WI, McDonald RA (2012). Monitoring and population estimation of the European badger Meles meles in Northern Ireland. Wildlife Biology, 18(1), 46-57. Abstract.
Drewe JA, Weber N, Carter SP, Bearhop S, Harrison XA, Dall SRX, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2012). Performance of proximity loggers in recording intra- and inter-species interactions: a laboratory and field-based validation study. PLoS One, 7(6). Abstract.  Full text.
Tosh DG, McDonald RA, Bearhop S, Llewellyn NR, Montgomery WI, Shore RF (2012). Rodenticide exposure in wood mouse and house mouse populations on farms and potential secondary risk to predators. Ecotoxicology, 21(5), 1325-1332. Abstract.  Author URL.
Gortázar C, Delahay RJ, Mcdonald RA, Boadella M, Wilson GJ, Gavier-Widen D, Acevedo P (2012). The status of tuberculosis in European wild mammals. Mammal Review, 42(3), 193-206. Abstract.
Robertson A, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Kelly SD, Bearhop S (2012). Whisker growth in wild Eurasian badgers Meles meles: implications for stable isotope and bait marking studies. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 1-10.
Bodey TW, Mcdonald RA, Sheldon RD, Bearhop S (2011). Absence of effects of predator control on nesting success of Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus: implications for conservation. IBIS, 153(3), 543-555. Author URL.
Chambers MA, Rogers F, Delahay RJ, Lesellier S, Ashford R, Dalley D, Gowtage S, Dave D, Palmer S, Brewer J, et al (2011). Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccination reduces the severity and progression of tuberculosis in badgers. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 278(1713), 1913-1920. Author URL.
Tosh DG, McDonald RA, Bearhop S, Lllewellyn NR, Fee S, Sharp EA, Barnett EA, Shore RF (2011). Does small mammal prey guild affect the exposure of predators to anticoagulant rodenticides?. Environ Pollut, 159(10), 3106-3112. Abstract.  Author URL.
Judge J, McDonald RA, Walker N, Delahay RJ (2011). Effectiveness of biosecurity measures in preventing badger visits to farm buildings. PLoS One, 6(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Palphramand KL, Walker N, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2011). Evaluating seasonal bait delivery to badgers using rhodamine B. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH, 57(1), 35-43. Author URL.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2011). Localised control of an introduced predator: creating problems for the future?. Biol Invasions, 13(12), 2817-2828. Abstract.
Gurnell J, McDonald R, Lurz PWW (2011). Making red squirrels more visible: the use of baited visual counts to monitor populations. MAMMAL REVIEW, 41(3), 244-250. Author URL.
Simberloff D, Alexander J, Allendorf F, Aronson J, Antunes PM, Bacher S, Bardgett R, Bertolino S, Bishop M, Blackburn TM, et al (2011). Non-natives: 141 scientists object. NATURE, 475(7354), 36-36. Author URL.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2011). The diet of an invasive alien predator the feral ferret Mustela furo: implications for the conservation of ground nesting birds. Eur J Wildl Res, 57, 107-117. Abstract.
Tosh DG, Shore RF, Jess S, Withers A, Bearhop S, Ian Montgomery W, McDonald RA (2011). User behaviour, best practice and the risks of non-target exposure associated with anticoagulant rodenticide use. J Environ Manage, 92(6), 1503-1508. Abstract.  Author URL.
Delahay RJ, Walker N, Gunn MR, Christie C, Wilson GJ, Cheeseman CL, McDonald RA (2011). Using lifetime tooth-wear scores to predict age in wild Eurasian badgers: performance of a predictive model. JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 284(3), 183-191. Author URL.
Robb GN, McDonald RA, Inger R, Reynolds SJ, Newton J, McGill RAR, Chamberlain DE, Harrison TJE, Bearhop S (2011). Using stable-isotope analysis as a technique for determining consumption of supplementary foods by individual birds. Condor, 113(3), 475-482. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Roy SS, Newton J, McDonald RA (2010). Behavioural responses of invasive American mink Neovison vison to an eradication campaign, revealed by stable isotope analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47(1), 114-120. Abstract.
Inger R, McDonald RA, Rogowski D, Jackson AL, Parnell A, Preston SJ, Harrod C, Goodwin C, Griffiths D, Dick JTA, et al (2010). Do non-native invasive fish support elevated lamprey populations?. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 121-129. Abstract.  Author URL.
Anderson ORJ, Phillips RA, Shore RF, McGill RAR, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2010). Element patterns in albatrosses and petrels: influence of trophic position, foraging range, and prey type. Environ Pollut, 158(1), 98-107. Abstract.  Author URL.
Reid N, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2010). Homogeneous habitat can meet the discrete and varied resource requirements of hares but may set an ecological trap. Biological Conservation, 143(7), 1701-1706. Abstract.
Marques TA, Buckland ST, Borchers DL, Tosh D, McDonald RA (2010). Point Transect Sampling Along Linear Features. BIOMETRICS, 66(4), 1247-1255. Author URL.
Anderson ORJ, Phillips RA, Shore RF, McGill RAR, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2009). Diet, individual specialisation and breeding of brown skuas (Catharacta antarctica lonnbergi): an investigation using stable isotopes. Polar Biology, 32(1), 27-33. Abstract.
Anderson ORJ, Phillips RA, McDonald RA, Shore RF, McGill RAR, Bearhop S (2009). Influence of trophic position and foraging range on mercury levels within a seabird community. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 375, 277-288. Abstract.
Bodey TW, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2009). Mesopredators constrain a top predator: competitive release of ravens after culling crows. Biol Lett, 5(5), 617-620. Abstract.  Author URL.
Judge J, Ward A, Delahay R, McDonald R, Roper T, Tolhurst B, Garnett B (2009). Tracking badger visits to farmyards. Vet Rec, 164(21), 667-668. Author URL.
Crawford K, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2008). Applications of stable isotope techniques to the ecology of mammals. Mammal Review, 38(1), 87-107. Abstract.
Trewby ID, Wilson GJ, Delahay RJ, Walker N, Young R, Davison J, Cheeseman C, Robertson PA, Gorman ML, McDonald RA, et al (2008). Experimental evidence of competitive release in sympatric carnivores. Biol Lett, 4(2), 170-172. Abstract.  Author URL.
Robb GN, McDonald RA, Chamberlain DE & Bearhop S (2008). Food for thought: supplementary feeding as a driver of ecological change in avian populations. Frontiers in Ecology, 6
McDonald RA, Birtles RJ, McCracken C, Day MJ (2008). Histological and serological evidence of disease among invasive, non-native stoats Mustela erminea. Vet J, 175(3), 403-408. Abstract.  Author URL.
McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Carter SP, Smith GC, Cheeseman CL (2008). Perturbing implications of wildlife ecology for disease control. Trends Ecol Evol, 23(2), 53-56. Abstract.  Author URL.
Provan J, Beatty GE, Hunter AM, McDonald RA, McLaughlin E, Preston SJ, Wilson S (2008). Restricted gene flow in fragmented populations of a wind-pollinated tree. Conservation Genetics, 9(6), 1521-1532. Abstract.
Robb GN, McDonald RA, Chamberlain DE, Reynolds SJ, Harrison TJE & Bearhop S (2008). Winter feeding of birds increases productivity in the subsequent breeding season. Biology Letters, 4, 220-223.
Yalden DW, Shore RF, McDonald RA (2007). British mammal populations: fifty years of change. MAMMAL REVIEW, 37(4), 257-258. Author URL.
McDonald RA, O'Hara K, Morrish DJ (2007). Decline of invasive alien mink (Mustela vison) is concurrent with recovery of native otters (Lutra lutra). Diversity and Distributions, 13(1), 92-98. Abstract.
Reid N, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2007). Factors associated with hare mortality during coursing. Animal Welfare, 16(4), 427-434. Abstract.
Reid N, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2007). Mammals and agri-environment schemes: Hare haven or pest paradise?. Journal of Applied Ecology, 44(6), 1200-1208. Abstract.
Martínková N, McDonald RA, Searle JB (2007). Stoats (Mustela erminea) provide evidence of natural overland colonization of Ireland. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274(1616), 1387-1393. Abstract.
Preston SJ, Portig AA, Montgomery WI, McDonald RA, Dick JTA, Fairley JS (2007). Temporal and spatial variation in otter Lutra lutra diet in Northern Ireland. BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT-PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, 107B(2), 61-66. Author URL.
Kelly DW, Bailey RJ, MacNeil C, Dick JTA, McDonald RA (2006). Invasion by the amphipod Gammarus pulex alters community composition of native freshwater macroinvertebrates. Diversity and Distributions, 12(5), 525-534. Abstract.
Preston SJ, Portig AA, Montgomery WI, McDonald RA, Fairley JS (2006). Status and diet of the otter Lutra lutra in Northern Ireland. Biology and Environment, 106(1), 57-63. Abstract.
Stokes KE, O'Neill KP, Montgomery WI, Dick JTA, Maggs CA, Mcdonald RA (2006). The importance of stakeholder engagement in invasive species management: a cross-jurisdictional perspective in Ireland. Biodiversity and Conservation, 15(8), 2829-2852. Abstract.
Mcdonald RA, Yalden DW (2004). Survey techniques for monitoring mammals: Editor's introduction. Mammal Review, 34(1-2), 1-2.
Mcdonald RA (2003). Mammal communication: public understanding and standing of publications. MAMMAL REVIEW, 33(1), 1-2. Author URL.
Woods M, McDonald RA, Harris S (2003). Predation of wildlife by domestic cats Felis catus in Great Britain. Mammal Review, 33(2), 174-188. Abstract.
McDonald RA, Lariviere S (2002). Captive husbandry of stoats Mustela erminea. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 29(3), 177-186. Author URL.
Mcdonald RA, Harris S (2002). Population biology of stoats Mustela erminea and weasels Mustela nivalis on game estates in Great Britain. Journal of Applied Ecology, 39(5), 793-805. Abstract.
Mcdonald RA (2002). Resource partitioning among British and Irish mustelids. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 71(2), 185-200. Author URL.
McDonald RA (2002). The perfect disciple - the perfect hunter. The myths and realities of Mustela. British Wildlife, 13(6), 419-426.
McDonald RA, Lariviere S (2001). Diseases and pathogens of Mustela spp. with special reference to the biological control of introduced stoat Mustela erminea populations in New Zealand. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND, 31(4), 721-744. Author URL.
McDonald RA, Day MJ, Birtles RJ (2001). Histological evidence of disease in wild stoats (Mustela erminea) in England. Vet Rec, 149(22), 671-675. Abstract.  Author URL.
McDonald RA, Larivière S (2001). Review of international literature relevant to stoat control. Science for Conservation(170), 5-77. Abstract.
McDonald RA, King CM (2000). Biology of mustelids: reviews and future directions. MAMMAL REVIEW, 30(3-4), 145-146. Author URL.
McDonald RA (2000). Live fast--die young. The life history of stoats and weasels. Biologist (London), 47(3), 120-124. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mcdonald RA (2000). Resource partitioning in the diet of British mustelids. Mammal Review, 30(3-4), 229-229.
Murphy EC, Mcdonald RA (2000). Stoats as conservation pests in New Zealand. Mammal Review, 30(3-4), 230-230.
McDonald RA, Webbon C, Harris S (2000). The diet of stoats (Mustela erminea) and weasels (Mustela nivalis) in Great Britain. Journal of Zoology, 252(3), 363-371. Abstract.
Mcdonald RA, Harris S (2000). The use of fumigants and anticoagulant rodenticides on game estates in Great Britain. Mammal Review, 30(1), 57-64. Abstract.
Mcdonald RA (2000). Using gamekeeper trapping records to monitor the abundance of Stoats and Weasels. Mammal Review, 30(3-4), 229-229.
McDonald RA, Vaughan N (1999). An efficient way to prepare mammalian skulls and bones. Mammal Review, 29(4), 265-266.
McDonald RA, Harris S (1999). The use of trapping records to monitor populations of stoats Mustela erminea and weasels M. nivalis: the importance of trapping effort. Journal of Applied Ecology, 36(5), 679-688. Abstract.
McDonald RA, Harris S, Turnbull G, Brown P, Fletcher M (1998). Anticoagulant rodenticides in stoats (Mustela erminea) and weasels (Mustela nivalis) in England. Environmental Pollution, 103(1), 17-23. Abstract.
McDonald RA, Hutchings MR, Keeling JGM (1997). The status of ship rats Rattus rattus on the Shiant Islands, outer Hebrides, Scotland. Biological Conservation, 82(1), 113-117. Abstract.

Chapters

Lane JM, Mcdonald RA (2010). Welfare and 'Best Practice' in Field Studies of Wildlife. In  (Ed) The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals: Eighth Edition, 92-106.

Publications by year


In Press

Silk MJ, Weber NL, Steward LC, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (In Press). Contact networks structured by sex underpin sex-specific epidemiology of infection. Ecol Lett, 21(2), 309-318. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Drewe JA, Delahay RJ, Weber N, Steward LC, Wilson-Aggarwal J, Boots M, Hodgson DJ, Croft DP, McDonald RA, et al (In Press). Quantifying direct and indirect contacts for the potential transmission of infection between species using a multilayer contact network. Behaviour Full text.

2019

Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2019). The parakeet protectors: Understanding opposition to introduced species management. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 120-132. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Carter SP, Robertson A, Palphramand KL, Chambers MA, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2018). Bait uptake by wild badgers and its implications for oral vaccination against tuberculosis. PLoS One, 13(11). Abstract.  Author URL.
Goodwin CED, Suggitt AJ, Bennie J, Silk MJ, Duffy JP, Al-Fulaij N, Bailey S, Hodgson DJ, McDonald RA (2018). Climate, landscape, habitat, and woodland management associations with hazel dormouse. Muscardinus avellanarius. population status. Mammal Review, 48(3), 209-223. Full text.
Sheppard CE, Marshall HH, Inger R, Thompson FJ, Vitikainen EIK, Barker S, Nichols HJ, Wells DA, McDonald RA, Cant MA, et al (2018). Decoupling of Genetic and Cultural Inheritance in a Wild Mammal. Current Biology, 28(11), 1846-1850.e2. Abstract.  Full text.
Goodwin CED, Hodgson DJ, Bailey S, Bennie J, McDonald RA (2018). Habitat preferences of hazel dormice Muscardinus avellanarius and the effects of tree-felling on their movement. Forest Ecology and Management, 427, 190-199. Abstract.  Full text.
Benton CH, Delahay RJ, Smith FAP, Robertson A, McDonald RA, Young AJ, Burke TA, Hodgson D (2018). Inbreeding intensifies sex- and age-dependent disease in a wild mammal. J Anim Ecol, 87(6), 1500-1511. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sheppard CE, Inger R, McDonald RA, Barker S, Jackson AL, Thompson FJ, Vitikainen EIK, Cant MA, Marshall HH (2018). Intragroup competition predicts individual foraging specialisation in a group-living mammal. Ecology Letters, 21(5), 665-673. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe SJ, McDonald RA (2018). Killing squirrels: Exploring motivations and practices of lethal wildlife management. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space Full text.
Sainsbury KA, Shore RF, Schofield H, Croose E, Pereira MG, Sleep D, Kitchener AC, Hantke G, McDonald RA (2018). Long-term increase in secondary exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides in European polecats Mustela putorius in Great Britain. Environmental Pollution, 236, 689-698. Abstract.  Full text.
Rozins C, Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, McDonald RA, Weber N, Boots M (2018). Social structure contains epidemics and regulates individual roles in disease transmission in a group-living mammal. Ecology and Evolution Abstract.

2017

Judge J, Wilson GJ, Macarthur R, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2017). Abundance of badgers (Meles meles) in England and Wales. Scientific Reports, 7(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Conflict in invasive species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15(3), 133-141. Full text.
Devine AP, McDonald RA, Quaife T, Maclean IMD (2017). Determinants of woody encroachment and cover in African savannas. Oecologia, 183(4), 939-951. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, Redpath SM, McDonald RA (2017). Disagreement About Invasive Species Does Not Equate to Denialism: a Response to Russell and Blackburn. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(4), 228-229. Full text.
Swan GJF, Redpath SM, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2017). Ecology of Problem Individuals and the Efficacy of Selective Wildlife Management. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(7), 518-530. Abstract.  Full text.
Palphramand K, Delahay R, Robertson A, Gowtage S, Williams GA, McDonald RA, Chambers M, Carter SP (2017). Field evaluation of candidate baits for oral delivery of BCG vaccine to European badgers, Meles meles. Vaccine, 35(34), 4402-4407. Abstract.  Full text.
Price S, Saunders C, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). From contradiction to contrast in a countryside conflict: Using Q Methodology to reveal a diplomatic space for doing TB differently. Environment and Planning A, 49(11), 2578-2594. Full text.
Robertson A, Delahay RJ, Wilson GJ, Vernon IJ, McDonald RA, Judge J (2017). How well do farmers know their badgers? Relating farmer knowledge to ecological survey data. Vet Rec, 180(2). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Nonhuman citizens on trial: the ecological politics of a beaver reintroduction. Environment and Planning A, 49(8), 1846-1866. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Weber N, Steward LC, Delahay RJ, Croft DP, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, McDonald RA (2017). Seasonal variation in daily patterns of social contacts in the European badger meles meles. Ecology and Evolution, 7(21), 9006-9015. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, Weber N, Boots M, Mcdonald RA (2017). The application of statistical network models in disease research. Methods in Ecology and Evolution Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Weber N, McDONALD RA (2017). Using social network measures in wildlife disease ecology, epidemiology, and management. BioScience, 67(3), 245-257. Abstract.  Full text.
Goodwin CED, Hodgson DJ, Al-Fulaij N, Bailey S, Langton S, Mcdonald RA (2017). Voluntary recording scheme reveals ongoing decline in the United Kingdom hazel dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius population. MAMMAL REVIEW, 47(3), 183-197. Author URL.  Full text.
Furness LE, Campbell A, Zhang L, Gaze WH, McDonald RA (2017). Wild small mammals as sentinels for the environmental transmission of antimicrobial resistance. Environmental Research, 154, 28-34. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Beirne C, Waring L, Mcdonald RA, Delahay R, Young AJ (2016). Age-related declines in immune response in a wild mammal are unrelated to immune cell telomere length. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B Full text.
Robertson A, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Aylett P, Henderson R, Gowtage S, Chambers MA, Carter SP (2016). Behaviour of European badgers and non-target species towards candidate baits for oral delivery of a tuberculosis vaccine. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 135, 95-101. Abstract.  Full text.
Benton CH, Delahay RJ, Robertson A, McDonald RA, Wilson AJ, Burke TA, Hodgson D (2016). Blood thicker than water: kinship, disease prevalence and group size drive divergent patterns of infection risk in a social mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1835), 20160798-20160798. Full text.
McDonald JL, Bailey T, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Smith GC, Hodgson DJ (2016). Demographic buffering and compensatory recruitment promotes the persistence of disease in a wildlife population. Ecol Lett, 19(4), 443-449. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2016). Invasive species management will benefit from social impact assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(2), 351-357. Full text.
Smith GC, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Budgey R (2016). Model of Selective and Non-Selective Management of Badgers (Meles meles) to Control Bovine Tuberculosis in Badgers and Cattle. PLoS One, 11(11). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Newth JL, Rees EC, Cromie RL, McDonald RA, Bearhop S, Pain DJ, Norton GJ, Deacon C, Hilton GM (2016). Widespread exposure to lead affects the body condition of free-living whooper swans Cygnus cygnus wintering in Britain. Environ Pollut, 209, 60-67. Abstract.  Author URL.

2015

Veale AJ, Holland OJ, Mcdonald RA, Clout MN, Gleeson DM (2015). An invasive non-native mammal population conserves genetic diversity lost from its native range. Molecular Ecology Abstract.  Full text.
Tomlinson AJ, Chambers MA, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2015). Association of quantitative interferon-γ responses with the progression of naturally acquired Mycobacterium bovis infection in wild European badgers (Meles meles). Immunology, 144(2), 263-270. Abstract.  Author URL.
Robertson A, Chambers MA, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Palphramand KL, Rogers F, Carter SP (2015). Exposure of nontarget wildlife to candidate TB vaccine baits deployed for European badgers. European Journal of Wildlife Research
Jelbert K, Stott I, Mcdonald RA, Hodgson D (2015). Invasiveness of plants is predicted by size and fecundity in the native range. Ecology and Evolution Abstract.  Full text.
Robertson A, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Kelly SD, Bearhop S (2015). Resource availability affects individual niche variation and its consequences in group-living European badgers Meles meles. Oecologia, 178(1), 31-43. Abstract.  Author URL.
Devine AP, Stott I, Mcdonald RA, Maclean IMD (2015). Woody cover in wet and dry African savannas after six decades of experimental fires. Journal of Ecology Full text.

2014

McDonald RA (2014). Animal health: How to control bovine tuberculosis. Nature, 511(7508), 158-159. Author URL.
Perkins MJ, McDonald RA, van Veen FJF, Kelly SD, Rees G, Bearhop S (2014). Application of nitrogen and carbon stable isotopes (δ(15)N and δ(13)C) to quantify food chain length and trophic structure. PLoS One, 9(3). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
McDonald RA (2014). Badgers and bovine tuberculosis. Curr Biol, 24(4), R141-R143. Author URL.
Reid N, Lundy MG, Hayden B, Waterman T, Looney D, Lynn D, Marnell F, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2014). Covering over the cracks in conservation assessments at EU interfaces: a cross-jurisdictional ecoregion scale approach using the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra). Ecological Indicators, 45, 93-102. Abstract.
Judge J, Wilson GJ, Macarthur R, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (2014). Density and abundance of badger social groups in England and Wales in 2011-2013. Sci Rep, 4 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Trewby ID, Young R, McDonald RA, Wilson GJ, Davison J, Walker N, Robertson A, Doncaster CP, Delahay RJ (2014). Impacts of removing badgers on localised counts of hedgehogs. PLoS One, 9(4). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Robertson A, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Kelly SD, Bearhop S (2014). Individual foraging specialisation in a social mammal: the European badger (Meles meles). Oecologia, 176(2), 409-421. Abstract.  Author URL.
McDonald JL, Smith GC, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Hodgson D (2014). Mortality trajectory analysis reveals the drivers of sex-specific epidemiology in natural wildlife-disease interactions. Proc Biol Sci, 281(1790). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2013

Godfray HCJ, Donnelly CA, Kao RR, Macdonald DW, McDonald RA, Petrokofsky G, Wood JLN, Woodroffe R, Young DB, McLean AR, et al (2013). A restatement of the natural science evidence base relevant to the control of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain. Proc Biol Sci, 280(1768). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Parry GS, Bodger O, McDonald RA, Forman DW (2013). A systematic re-sampling approach to assess the probability of detecting otters Lutra lutra using spraint surveys on small lowland rivers. Ecological Informatics
Weber NL, Carter SP, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald JL, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2013). Badger social networks correlate with tuberculosis infection. Current Biology, 23(20), R915-R916. Abstract.
Weber N, Bearhop S, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Carter SP (2013). Denning behaviour of the European badger (Meles meles) correlates with bovine tuberculosis infection status. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 471-479. Abstract.
Reid N, Lundy MG, Hayden B, Lynn D, Marnell F, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2013). Detecting detectability: identifying and correcting bias in binary wildlife surveys demonstrates their potential impact on conservation assessments. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 1-11.
Etherington TR, Trewby ID, Wilson GJ, Mcdonald RA (2013). Expert opinion-based relative landscape isolation maps for badgers across England and Wales. Area
Tomlinson AJ, Chambers MA, Carter SP, Wilson GJ, Smith GC, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2013). Heterogeneity in the risk of Mycobacterium bovis infection in European badger (Meles meles) cubs. Epidemiol Infect, 141(7), 1458-1466. Abstract.  Author URL.
Perkins MJ, Mcdonald RA, van Veen FJF, Kelly SD, Rees G, Bearhop S (2013). Important impacts of tissue selection and lipid extraction on ecological parameters derived from stable isotope ratios. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4(10), 944-953. Abstract.
Graham J, Smith GC, Delahay RJ, Bailey TC, McDonald RA, Hodgson D (2013). Multistate modelling reveals sex-dependent transmission, progression and severity of tuberculosis in wild badgers. Epidemiology and Infection, 141, 1417-1427.
Drewe JA, O'Connor HM, Weber N, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2013). Patterns of direct and indirect contact between cattle and badgers naturally infected with tuberculosis. Epidemiology and Infection, 141(7), 1467-1475. Abstract.
Tomlinson AJ, Chambers MA, Wilson GJ, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2013). Sex-related heterogeneity in the life-history correlates of Mycobacterium bovis infection in European badgers (Meles meles). Transbound Emerg Dis, 60 Suppl 1, 37-45. Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Brown SL, Bearhop S, Harrod C, McDonald RA (2012). A review of spatial and temporal variation in grey and common seal diet in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 92(8), 1711-1722. Abstract.
Carter SP, Chambers MA, Rushton SP, Shirley MDF, Schuchert P, Pietravalle S, Murray A, Rogers F, Gettinby G, Smith GC, et al (2012). BCG vaccination reduces risk of tuberculosis infection in vaccinated badgers and unvaccinated badger cubs. PLoS One, 7(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Reid N, Wilson GJ, Montgomery WI, McDonald RA (2012). Changes in the prevalence of badger persecution in Northern Ireland. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 58(1), 177-183. Abstract.
Smith GC, McDonald RA, Wilkinson D (2012). Comparing Badger (Meles meles) management strategies for reducing tuberculosis incidence in cattle. PLoS ONE, 7(6). Abstract.  Full text.
Ritchie EG, Elmhagen B, Glen AS, Letnic M, Ludwig G, McDonald RA (2012). Ecosystem restoration with teeth: what role for predators?. Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Mill AC, Rushton SP, Shirley MDF, Murray AWA, Smith GC, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (2012). Farm-scale risk factors for bovine tuberculosis incidence in cattle herds during the Randomized Badger Culling Trial. Epidemiology and Infection, 140(2), 219-230. Abstract.
Reid N, Etherington TR, Wilson GJ, Montgomery WI, McDonald RA (2012). Monitoring and population estimation of the European badger Meles meles in Northern Ireland. Wildlife Biology, 18(1), 46-57. Abstract.
Drewe JA, Weber N, Carter SP, Bearhop S, Harrison XA, Dall SRX, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2012). Performance of proximity loggers in recording intra- and inter-species interactions: a laboratory and field-based validation study. PLoS One, 7(6). Abstract.  Full text.
Tosh DG, McDonald RA, Bearhop S, Llewellyn NR, Montgomery WI, Shore RF (2012). Rodenticide exposure in wood mouse and house mouse populations on farms and potential secondary risk to predators. Ecotoxicology, 21(5), 1325-1332. Abstract.  Author URL.
Gortázar C, Delahay RJ, Mcdonald RA, Boadella M, Wilson GJ, Gavier-Widen D, Acevedo P (2012). The status of tuberculosis in European wild mammals. Mammal Review, 42(3), 193-206. Abstract.
Robertson A, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Kelly SD, Bearhop S (2012). Whisker growth in wild Eurasian badgers Meles meles: implications for stable isotope and bait marking studies. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 1-10.

2011

Bodey TW, Mcdonald RA, Sheldon RD, Bearhop S (2011). Absence of effects of predator control on nesting success of Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus: implications for conservation. IBIS, 153(3), 543-555. Author URL.
Chambers MA, Rogers F, Delahay RJ, Lesellier S, Ashford R, Dalley D, Gowtage S, Dave D, Palmer S, Brewer J, et al (2011). Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccination reduces the severity and progression of tuberculosis in badgers. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 278(1713), 1913-1920. Author URL.
Tosh DG, McDonald RA, Bearhop S, Lllewellyn NR, Fee S, Sharp EA, Barnett EA, Shore RF (2011). Does small mammal prey guild affect the exposure of predators to anticoagulant rodenticides?. Environ Pollut, 159(10), 3106-3112. Abstract.  Author URL.
Judge J, McDonald RA, Walker N, Delahay RJ (2011). Effectiveness of biosecurity measures in preventing badger visits to farm buildings. PLoS One, 6(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Palphramand KL, Walker N, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2011). Evaluating seasonal bait delivery to badgers using rhodamine B. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH, 57(1), 35-43. Author URL.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2011). Localised control of an introduced predator: creating problems for the future?. Biol Invasions, 13(12), 2817-2828. Abstract.
Gurnell J, McDonald R, Lurz PWW (2011). Making red squirrels more visible: the use of baited visual counts to monitor populations. MAMMAL REVIEW, 41(3), 244-250. Author URL.
Simberloff D, Alexander J, Allendorf F, Aronson J, Antunes PM, Bacher S, Bardgett R, Bertolino S, Bishop M, Blackburn TM, et al (2011). Non-natives: 141 scientists object. NATURE, 475(7354), 36-36. Author URL.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2011). The diet of an invasive alien predator the feral ferret Mustela furo: implications for the conservation of ground nesting birds. Eur J Wildl Res, 57, 107-117. Abstract.
Tosh DG, Shore RF, Jess S, Withers A, Bearhop S, Ian Montgomery W, McDonald RA (2011). User behaviour, best practice and the risks of non-target exposure associated with anticoagulant rodenticide use. J Environ Manage, 92(6), 1503-1508. Abstract.  Author URL.
Delahay RJ, Walker N, Gunn MR, Christie C, Wilson GJ, Cheeseman CL, McDonald RA (2011). Using lifetime tooth-wear scores to predict age in wild Eurasian badgers: performance of a predictive model. JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 284(3), 183-191. Author URL.
Robb GN, McDonald RA, Inger R, Reynolds SJ, Newton J, McGill RAR, Chamberlain DE, Harrison TJE, Bearhop S (2011). Using stable-isotope analysis as a technique for determining consumption of supplementary foods by individual birds. Condor, 113(3), 475-482. Abstract.

2010

Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Roy SS, Newton J, McDonald RA (2010). Behavioural responses of invasive American mink Neovison vison to an eradication campaign, revealed by stable isotope analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47(1), 114-120. Abstract.
Inger R, McDonald RA, Rogowski D, Jackson AL, Parnell A, Preston SJ, Harrod C, Goodwin C, Griffiths D, Dick JTA, et al (2010). Do non-native invasive fish support elevated lamprey populations?. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 121-129. Abstract.  Author URL.
Anderson ORJ, Phillips RA, Shore RF, McGill RAR, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2010). Element patterns in albatrosses and petrels: influence of trophic position, foraging range, and prey type. Environ Pollut, 158(1), 98-107. Abstract.  Author URL.
Reid N, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2010). Homogeneous habitat can meet the discrete and varied resource requirements of hares but may set an ecological trap. Biological Conservation, 143(7), 1701-1706. Abstract.
Marques TA, Buckland ST, Borchers DL, Tosh D, McDonald RA (2010). Point Transect Sampling Along Linear Features. BIOMETRICS, 66(4), 1247-1255. Author URL.
Lane JM, Mcdonald RA (2010). Welfare and 'Best Practice' in Field Studies of Wildlife. In  (Ed) The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals: Eighth Edition, 92-106.

2009

Anderson ORJ, Phillips RA, Shore RF, McGill RAR, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2009). Diet, individual specialisation and breeding of brown skuas (Catharacta antarctica lonnbergi): an investigation using stable isotopes. Polar Biology, 32(1), 27-33. Abstract.
Anderson ORJ, Phillips RA, McDonald RA, Shore RF, McGill RAR, Bearhop S (2009). Influence of trophic position and foraging range on mercury levels within a seabird community. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 375, 277-288. Abstract.
Bodey TW, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2009). Mesopredators constrain a top predator: competitive release of ravens after culling crows. Biol Lett, 5(5), 617-620. Abstract.  Author URL.
Judge J, Ward A, Delahay R, McDonald R, Roper T, Tolhurst B, Garnett B (2009). Tracking badger visits to farmyards. Vet Rec, 164(21), 667-668. Author URL.

2008

Crawford K, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2008). Applications of stable isotope techniques to the ecology of mammals. Mammal Review, 38(1), 87-107. Abstract.
Trewby ID, Wilson GJ, Delahay RJ, Walker N, Young R, Davison J, Cheeseman C, Robertson PA, Gorman ML, McDonald RA, et al (2008). Experimental evidence of competitive release in sympatric carnivores. Biol Lett, 4(2), 170-172. Abstract.  Author URL.
Robb GN, McDonald RA, Chamberlain DE & Bearhop S (2008). Food for thought: supplementary feeding as a driver of ecological change in avian populations. Frontiers in Ecology, 6
McDonald RA, Birtles RJ, McCracken C, Day MJ (2008). Histological and serological evidence of disease among invasive, non-native stoats Mustela erminea. Vet J, 175(3), 403-408. Abstract.  Author URL.
McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Carter SP, Smith GC, Cheeseman CL (2008). Perturbing implications of wildlife ecology for disease control. Trends Ecol Evol, 23(2), 53-56. Abstract.  Author URL.
Provan J, Beatty GE, Hunter AM, McDonald RA, McLaughlin E, Preston SJ, Wilson S (2008). Restricted gene flow in fragmented populations of a wind-pollinated tree. Conservation Genetics, 9(6), 1521-1532. Abstract.
Robb GN, McDonald RA, Chamberlain DE, Reynolds SJ, Harrison TJE & Bearhop S (2008). Winter feeding of birds increases productivity in the subsequent breeding season. Biology Letters, 4, 220-223.

2007

Yalden DW, Shore RF, McDonald RA (2007). British mammal populations: fifty years of change. MAMMAL REVIEW, 37(4), 257-258. Author URL.
McDonald RA, O'Hara K, Morrish DJ (2007). Decline of invasive alien mink (Mustela vison) is concurrent with recovery of native otters (Lutra lutra). Diversity and Distributions, 13(1), 92-98. Abstract.
Reid N, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2007). Factors associated with hare mortality during coursing. Animal Welfare, 16(4), 427-434. Abstract.
Reid N, McDonald RA, Montgomery WI (2007). Mammals and agri-environment schemes: Hare haven or pest paradise?. Journal of Applied Ecology, 44(6), 1200-1208. Abstract.
Martínková N, McDonald RA, Searle JB (2007). Stoats (Mustela erminea) provide evidence of natural overland colonization of Ireland. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274(1616), 1387-1393. Abstract.
Preston SJ, Portig AA, Montgomery WI, McDonald RA, Dick JTA, Fairley JS (2007). Temporal and spatial variation in otter Lutra lutra diet in Northern Ireland. BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT-PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, 107B(2), 61-66. Author URL.

2006

Kelly DW, Bailey RJ, MacNeil C, Dick JTA, McDonald RA (2006). Invasion by the amphipod Gammarus pulex alters community composition of native freshwater macroinvertebrates. Diversity and Distributions, 12(5), 525-534. Abstract.
Preston SJ, Portig AA, Montgomery WI, McDonald RA, Fairley JS (2006). Status and diet of the otter Lutra lutra in Northern Ireland. Biology and Environment, 106(1), 57-63. Abstract.
Stokes KE, O'Neill KP, Montgomery WI, Dick JTA, Maggs CA, Mcdonald RA (2006). The importance of stakeholder engagement in invasive species management: a cross-jurisdictional perspective in Ireland. Biodiversity and Conservation, 15(8), 2829-2852. Abstract.

2004

Mcdonald RA, Yalden DW (2004). Survey techniques for monitoring mammals: Editor's introduction. Mammal Review, 34(1-2), 1-2.

2003

Mcdonald RA (2003). Mammal communication: public understanding and standing of publications. MAMMAL REVIEW, 33(1), 1-2. Author URL.
Woods M, McDonald RA, Harris S (2003). Predation of wildlife by domestic cats Felis catus in Great Britain. Mammal Review, 33(2), 174-188. Abstract.

2002

McDonald RA, Lariviere S (2002). Captive husbandry of stoats Mustela erminea. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 29(3), 177-186. Author URL.
Mcdonald RA, Harris S (2002). Population biology of stoats Mustela erminea and weasels Mustela nivalis on game estates in Great Britain. Journal of Applied Ecology, 39(5), 793-805. Abstract.
Mcdonald RA (2002). Resource partitioning among British and Irish mustelids. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 71(2), 185-200. Author URL.
McDonald RA (2002). The perfect disciple - the perfect hunter. The myths and realities of Mustela. British Wildlife, 13(6), 419-426.

2001

McDonald RA, Lariviere S (2001). Diseases and pathogens of Mustela spp. with special reference to the biological control of introduced stoat Mustela erminea populations in New Zealand. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND, 31(4), 721-744. Author URL.
McDonald RA, Day MJ, Birtles RJ (2001). Histological evidence of disease in wild stoats (Mustela erminea) in England. Vet Rec, 149(22), 671-675. Abstract.  Author URL.
McDonald RA, Larivière S (2001). Review of international literature relevant to stoat control. Science for Conservation(170), 5-77. Abstract.

2000

McDonald RA, King CM (2000). Biology of mustelids: reviews and future directions. MAMMAL REVIEW, 30(3-4), 145-146. Author URL.
McDonald RA (2000). Live fast--die young. The life history of stoats and weasels. Biologist (London), 47(3), 120-124. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mcdonald RA (2000). Resource partitioning in the diet of British mustelids. Mammal Review, 30(3-4), 229-229.
Murphy EC, Mcdonald RA (2000). Stoats as conservation pests in New Zealand. Mammal Review, 30(3-4), 230-230.
McDonald RA, Webbon C, Harris S (2000). The diet of stoats (Mustela erminea) and weasels (Mustela nivalis) in Great Britain. Journal of Zoology, 252(3), 363-371. Abstract.
Mcdonald RA, Harris S (2000). The use of fumigants and anticoagulant rodenticides on game estates in Great Britain. Mammal Review, 30(1), 57-64. Abstract.
Mcdonald RA (2000). Using gamekeeper trapping records to monitor the abundance of Stoats and Weasels. Mammal Review, 30(3-4), 229-229.

1999

McDonald RA, Vaughan N (1999). An efficient way to prepare mammalian skulls and bones. Mammal Review, 29(4), 265-266.
McDonald RA, Harris S (1999). The use of trapping records to monitor populations of stoats Mustela erminea and weasels M. nivalis: the importance of trapping effort. Journal of Applied Ecology, 36(5), 679-688. Abstract.

1998

McDonald RA, Harris S, Turnbull G, Brown P, Fletcher M (1998). Anticoagulant rodenticides in stoats (Mustela erminea) and weasels (Mustela nivalis) in England. Environmental Pollution, 103(1), 17-23. Abstract.

1997

McDonald RA, Hutchings MR, Keeling JGM (1997). The status of ship rats Rattus rattus on the Shiant Islands, outer Hebrides, Scotland. Biological Conservation, 82(1), 113-117. Abstract.

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External Engagment and Impact

Editorial responsibilities

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment (Ecological Society of America)

Associate Editor, Mammal Review (The Mammal Society)


External Examiner Positions

Newcastle University. MSc (Wildlife Management)


External positions

Trustee, Vincent Wildlife Trust

Teaching

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Dr Tom Bodey. Marie Curie Outgoing Research Fellow (University of Auckland)
  • Dr Sarah Crowley. Research Associate (Cats, cat owners and predation of wildlife)
  • Dr Cecily Goodwin. Research Associate (Guinea worm infection in dogs)
  • Dr Monique Lechenne (med. vet.). Research Fellow (Guinea worm infection in dogs)
  • Dr Andy Robertson. NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Postgraduate researchers

  • Kelly Astley. MbyRes researcher (Ecology of bovine tuberculosis)
  • David Bavin. PhD researcher (Pine marten translocation)
  • Olivia Bell. PhD researcher (Tasmanian devil decline and its ecological effects)
  • Martina Cecchetti. PhD researcher (Cats, cat owners and cat predation of wildlife)
  • Helen Fielding MRCVS. PhD researcher (Superspreader farms and bovine tuberculosis transmission)
  • Cat McNicol. PhD researcher (Ecological effects of pine marten translocations)
  • Julia Newth. PhD researcher (Bewick's swan conservation)
  • Katie Sainsbury. PhD researcher (Polecat recovery in Great Britain)
  • Nell Williams Foley. PhD researcher (Wildcat conservation)
  • Jared Wilson-Aggarwal. PhD researcher (Social networks of free-ranging domestic dogs)

Research Technicians

  • Metinou Sidouin DVM. Research Technician and Veterinary Consultant (Guinea worm infection in dogs)

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