Academic Year 2023-2024
Institution University of Aberdeen


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School: School of Biological Sciences

Project: The Health and Well-Being Effects of Pest Rodent Management Strategies in Rural Madagascar

Supervisors: Dr Sandra Telfer & Dr Luis Loria Rebolledo

Undergraduate Education: BSc Biological Science, Imperial College London

Postgraduate Education: MRes Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, Imperial College London

Research: Globally, rodents present a multisectoral threat to public health, socioeconomic activities, and biodiversity, all of which comes with an economic cost. Previous studies have estimated that rodents cost the USA US$ 19 billion and Asia US$ 1.9 billion annually from both damage and control measures, with the majority of reported costs coming from the agriculture sector. However, translating losses from non-commercial sectors like public health into monetary values is difficult, especially in countries where health care is expensive and underutilised by the majority of the population.

During my PhD, I will be looking at how the health burden presented by invasive rodents in Madagascar, through disease and malnutrition, can be translated into an economic burden. This will be done by working closely with rural communities in Madagascar to evaluate the prevalence, severity, and risk factors of rodent-borne diseases. I also hope to explore whether we can forecast how the health and economic burdens will change with climate change.

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