University of Aberdeen
Current Position Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272651
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Modelling, Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • Wildlife disease ecology and zoonoses
  • Environmental and Socioeconomic drivers of disease risk in humans
  • Control of invasive and pest species
  • Molecular epidemiology

Recent Key Papers

  • Moseley, M., Rahelinirina, S., Rajerison, M., Garin, B., Piertney, S., & Telfer, S. (2018). Mixed leptospira infections in a diverse reservoir host community, Madagascar, 2013–2015. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 24(6), 1138–1140.
  • Rahelinirina, S., Rajerison, M., Telfer, S., Savin, C., Carniel, E., & Duplantier, J. (2017). The Asian house shrew Suncus murinus as a reservoir and source of human outbreaks of plague in Madagascar. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11(11), e0006072. pntd.0006072
  • Vogler, A. J., Andrianaivoarimanana, V., Telfer, S., Hall, C. M., Sahl, W., Hepp, C. M., … Rajerison, M. (2017). Temporal phylogeography of Yersinia pestis in Madagascar : Insights into the long-term maintenance of plague. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11(9), e0005887. pntd.0005887

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Understanding the Generation and Dynamics of Bartonella Diversity in Fragmented Host Populations (UoA)
  • Optimising rodent control strategies in rural Madagascar to increase agricultural productivity and reduce zoonotic disease risk through targeted community actions (UoA)
  • Rickettsia epidemiology in Madagascar (Institut Pasteur de Madagascar)
  • Understanding hantavirus epidemiology in Madagascar using risk factor analysis and molecular epidemiology (Institut Pasteur de Madagascar)
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Lucy Henshall: Spatio-temporal dynamics of plague vectors in Madagascar: using population genetics and landscape scale modelling to inform disease reduction strategies