Career History

  • BSc.Jnt. hons. Zoology & Psychology, University College, Cardiff
  • Ph.D. University of Wales (1977)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, Cardiff (1976-77)
  • Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, Department of Zoology, Cardiff (1977-79)
  • Lecturer /Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, UEA (since 1979)

All Publications

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Bolton, N. M., Van Oosterhout, C., Collar, N. J., Bell, D. J.

(2016)

Population constraints on the Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi: preliminary findings and proposals from south-west Grenada

in Bird Conservation International

26.

pp. 205-213

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Edmunds, K., Abd Elrahman, S., Bell, D., Brainard, J., Dervisevic, S., P Fedha, T., Few, R., Howard, G., Lake, I., Maes, P., Matofari, J., Minnigh, H., Mohamedani, A. A., Montgomery, M., Morter, S., Muchiri, E., Mudau, L. S., Mutua, B. M., Ndambuki, J. M., Pond, K., Sobsey, M. D., Van der Es, M., Zeitoun, M., Hunter, P.

(2016)

Recommendations for dealing with waste contaminated with Ebola virus: a Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points approach

in Bulletin WHO

94.

pp. 424-432

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Nuwer, R., Bell, D.

(2014)

Identifying and quantifying the threats to biodiversity in the U Minh peat swamp forests of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

in Oryx

48.

pp. 88-94

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Edmunds, K., Hunter, P., Few, R., Bell, D.

(2013)

Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points Assessment as a Tool to Respond to Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

in PLoS ONE

8.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Struebig, M., Turner, A., Giles, E., Lasmana, F., Tollington, S., Bernard, H., Bell, D.

(2013)

Quantifying the Biodiversity Value of Repeatedly Logged Rainforests: Gradient and Comparative Approaches from Borneo

in Advances in Ecological Research

48.

pp. 183-224

UEA Repository

(Article)


Chi, J. F., Lawson, B., Durrant, C., Beckmann, K., John, S., Alrefaei, A. F., Kirkbride, K., Bell, D. J., Cunningham, A. A., Tyler, K. M.

(2013)

The finch epidemic strain of Trichomonas gallinae is predominant in British non-passerines

in Parasitology

140.

pp. 1234-1245

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Lawson, B., Cunningham, A., Chantrey, J., Hughes, L., John, S., Bunbury, N., Bell, D., Tyler, K.

(2011)

A clonal strain of Trichomonas gallinae is the aetiologic agent of an emerging avian epidemic disease

in Infection, Genetics and Evolution

11.

pp. 1638-1645

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Noble, T., Bunbury, N., Kaiser-Bunbury, C., Bell, D.

(2011)

Ecology and co-existence of two endemic day gecko (Phelsuma) species in Seychelles native palm forest

in Journal of Zoology

283.

pp. 73-80

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Edmunds, K., Roberton, S. I., Few, R., Mahood, S., Bui, P. L., Hunter, P. R., Bell, D. J., Influenza A Virus, H5N1 Subtype

(2011)

Investigating Vietnam's ornamental bird trade: implications for transmission of zoonoses

in EcoHealth

8.

pp. 63-75

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Brooks, E., Roberton, S., Bell, D.

(2010)

The conservation impact of commercial wildlife farming of porcupines in Vietnam

in Biological Conservation

143.

pp. 2808-2814

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Cristinacce, A., Cole, R., Jones, C., Tatayah, R., Bell, D.

(2010)

Sexing immature Mauritius Fodies Foudia rubra using biometrics and delayed plumage maturation

in Ostrich

81.

pp. 135-137

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Allen, Z., Shah, N., Grant, A., Derand, G., Bell, D.

(2010)

Hawksbill turtle monitoring in Cousin Island Special Reserve, Seychelles: an eight-fold increase in annual nesting numbers

in Endangered Species Research

11.

pp. 195-200

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Robinson, J., Bell, D., Saleh, F., Suleiman, A., Barr, I.

(2010)

Recovery of the Vulnerable Pemba flying fox Pteropus voeltzkowi: population and conservation status

in Oryx

44.

pp. 416-423

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Robinson, J. E., Bell, D., Saleh, F.

(2010)

Recovery of the Pemba Flying Fox Piteous voeltzkowi: population and conservation status

in Oryx

44.

UEA Repository

(Article)


Allen, Z., Shah, N., Grant, A., Derand, G., Bell, D.

(2010)

Hawksbill turtle monitoring on Cousin Island Special Reserve, Seychelles since 1970: an eight-fold increase in annual nesting numbers

in Endangered Species Research

11.

pp. 195-200

UEA Repository

(Article)


Brook, S., Grant, A., Bell, D.

(2009)

Can land crabs be used as a rapid ecosystem evaluation tool? A test using distribution and abundance of several genera from the Seychelles

in Acta Oecologica

35.

pp. 711-719

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Cristinacce, [. V., Switzer, R., Cole, R., Jones, C., Bell, D.

(2009)

Increasing use of exotic forestry tree species as refuges from next predation by the critically endangered Mauritius fody Foudia rubra

in Oryx

43.

pp. 97-103

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Cristinacce, A., Switzer, R., Cole, R., Jones, C., Bell, D.

(2009)

The release and establishment of Mauritius fodies Foudia rubra on the Ille aux Aigrettes, Mauritius

in Conservation Evidence

6.

pp. 1-5

UEA Repository

(Article)


Cristinacce, A., Switzer, R., Cole, R., Jones, C., Bell, D.

(2009)

The release and establishment of Mauritius fodies Foudia rubra on Ile aux Aigrettes, Mauritius.

in Conservation Evidence

6.

pp. 1-5

UEA Repository

(Article)


Bell, D.

(2009)

Ecosystem change and zoonoses

Sibthorpe Trust

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


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Key Research Interests

I am a conservation biologist with eclectic research interests mainly at interdisciplinary boundaries. Much of my current research concerns emerging zoonotic diseases such as SARS, HPAI H5N1 and Ebola and the roles of introduced pathogens and wildlife trade in biodiversity loss.  This has recently involved collaboration with The Genome Centre TGAC and colleages at the Institute of Zoology to sequence the genomes of the endangered Mauritius Pink Pink Nesoenas mayeri (Mohammed Albeshr) and the protozoan Trichomonas gallinae (Abdul alrefaei).  Another of my PhD students, Simon Poulton, is investigating altitudinal variation in small mammals and their pathogens in the Nepali Himalayas.

Historically my overseas research has been primarily aimed at helping to identify long-term management plans to minimise biodiversity loss in critically threatened grassland and forest refugial habitats in Mexico, the Indian sub-continent, S.E. Asia and islands of the Indical Ocean.  My UK research has used the European wild rabbit as a model species to investigate inter-relationships among population dynamics, behavioural ecology, reproduction, genetics, parasites/disease and species/ecosystem conservation.  Most of the latter research has involved a long-term (20+years), non-invasive study of a natural European wild rabbit population situated on the UEA campus.

Current Research Projects

 

  • Parasites and disease in the European wild rabbit
  • Impact of H5N1 on biodiversity and local livelihoods 
  • Wildlife trade and farming in SE Asia
  • Genomes and parasites in Indian Ocean columbids and passerines
  • Myxomatosis epidemiology 60 years on
  • Altitudinal variation in small mammals and their pathogens in the Himalayas
  • Genetic variation in Trichomonas gallinae
  • Reintroductions and translocations of Mauritian avifauna
  • Pangolin conservation
  • Conservation of endangered lagomorphs

 

Life in our research group
 

My students attend conferences in conservation biology and emerging infectious diseases and socialize with other members of the Theme and conservation geneticists in ENV, MED and TGAC.  Our approach to research is interdisciplinary.

 

PhD Positions
 

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.
 

Postdocs & Fellows
 

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations. Possible funding routes include applying for fellowships, e.g. EU Marie Curie fellowships, with me acting as sponsor, or grant applications with you as a named postdoc.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • IUCN Species Survival Commission, Lagomorph Specialist Group (1981-)
  • Council Member: World Land Trust (2005-)
  • Invited lecture: Cambridge Society for the Application of Research, Churchill College, Feb 2007
  • Invited speaker: BA Meeting, Norwich: Emerging Infectious Diseases and Environmental Change- ‘Biodiversity loss, exotic pathogens and animal trade’ (Sept 2006)
  • Invited lecture: ‘Emerging infectious diseases, biodiversity loss and animal trade’, Imperial College, Silwood Park, March 2006
  • Invited speaker: United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Curitiba, Brazil: ‘Conservation implications of HPAI H5N1’ (March 2006)
  • Guest keynote speaker: Conference on Biodiversity and Health (COHAB 2005), Galway, Ireland, Aug 2005.
  • Invited speaker: ZSL Scientific Meeting, Zoological Society of London:’SARS and the wildlife trade’, Nov 2004
  • Invited speaker: Royal Society meeting, London: ‘Zoonotic origins of SARS: new avenues?’
  • Director of Indo-Myanmar Conservation
  • Council member of World Land Trust
  • Member of NERC Peer Review College
  • Member of IUCN SSC since 1979

Administrative Posts

  • Director of MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation (MScAEC)
  • Masters Module Organiser: MScAEC Dissertation (M60Y), Research Skills for Ecologists (M64Y), Issues in Conservation (M68), Practical Conservation (M56Y), MScAEC Field Course organiser.
  • BIO Ethics Committee
  • BIO Health and Safety Committee
  • Field Risk assessment officer for BIO