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About Jenny Dunn

2016 - current: Lecturer in Animal Health and Disease, University of Lincoln 2015: Visiting Research Associate, Cardiff University 2010 - current: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds 2010 - 2016: Conservation Scientist, RSPB 2008 - 2009: Visiting Research Assistant, EGI, Oxford University My research focusses on the sub-clinical impacts of parasitic infection in avian systems, the influence of vector behaviour on parasite transmission, associations between parasitism and behaviour (including individual behavioural syndromes, or personality types), and the implications these may have for populations across generations through delayed life-history effects. I am also fascinated by how multiple stress factors (e.g. food quality/limitation, parasite infection, coinfection, predator abundance) interact in wild populations, especially those in decline, and the implications these interactions have for the conservation of populations.

Department Responsibilities

I teach on a range of modules including Research Methods for Life Scientists 1 and 2, Current Issues in Life Sciences and Animal Welfare Science. I am also on the Exam committee and the Animal Ethics committee

Subject Specialism

Host-parasite interactions and parasite transmission in wildlife


  • PhD Ecology — University of Leeds, 2010
  • MSc Biodiversity and Conservation — University of Leeds, 2005
  • BSc (Hons) Ecology — University of Leeds, 2004


I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal Ecology, and Parasitology.

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Research Interests

  • animal behaviour

  • disease ecology

  • parasites

Research Projects

  • Impact of environmental variation on host-vector-parasite interactions — awarded £15000 by The Royal Society in 2018
  • Developing novel methodology for dietary analysis in temperate granivores — awarded £13193 by RSPB, NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility in 2015
  • Molecular epidemiology of multi-parasite co-infections in Turtle Doves — awarded £20000 by NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility in 2014
  • Haemoparasites in UK Columbiformes — in 2014
  • Ecology and transmission of Trichomonas gallinae in the rapidly declining Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur and co-occurring UK and African columbiformes — awarded £67500 by RSPB/Natural England in 2013
  • Ecology of Trichomonas gallinae in Africa — awarded £3500 by African Bird Club, British Ornithologists’ Union in 2012
  • Turtle Dove Ecology and Conservation in the UK — RSPB/Natural England in 2010
  • Ageing and sexing the northern UK subspecies of Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella caliginosa — awarded £210 by British Trust for Ornithology in 2008
  • Farming and Foraging: How management affects bird biology through changing spatial distribution of food and predators — BBSRC PhD studentship in 2005

Research in the Lincoln Repository

PhD Supervisor

Becca Young, Cardiff University, 2017 - 2021 Rosie Lennon, University of York, 2016 - 2020

Module Responsibilities

  • Module leader - Ecology — 2017 to Present
  • Contributor - Veterinary Parasitology — 2017 to Present
  • Contributor - Current Issues in Life Sciences — 2016 to Present
  • Personal Tutor - Personal tutoring levels 1 - 3 — 2016 to Present
  • Contributor - Animal Welfare Science — 2016 to Present
  • Contributor - Animal Health and Disease — 2017 to 2018

Professional Affiliations

  • British Trust for Ornithology — ‘A’ permit holder and bird ringing trainer
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
  • British Ecological Society — Grant reviewer