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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Nuwer, R., Bell, D.

(2013)

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

in Oryx

UEA Repository

(Article)


Edmunds, K., Hunter, P., Few, R., Bell, D., Tang, J. (ed.)

(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)


Nuwer, R., Bell, D.

(2013)

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

in Oryx

pp. 1-7

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)


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)


Newton, P., Nguyen Van, T., Robertson, S., Bell, D.

(2008)

Pangolins in peril: using local hunters' knowledge to conserve elusive species in Vietnam

in Endangered Species Research

6.

pp. 41-53

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Cristinacce, A., Ladkoo, A., Switzer, R., Jordan, L., Vencatasamy, V., de Ravel Koenig, F., Jones, C., Bell, D.

(2008)

Captive breeding and rearing of critically endangered Mauritius fodies Foudia rubra for reintroduction

in Zoo Biology

27.

pp. 255-268

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Edmunds, K., Bunbury, N., Sawmy, S., Jones, C., Bell, D.

(2008)

Restoring avian island endemics; supplementary food use by the endangered Pink pigeon (Columba mayeri)

in Emu

108.

pp. 74-80

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Bunbury, N., Jones, C., Greenwood, A., Bell, D.

(2008)

Epidermiology and conservation implications of Trichomonas gallinae infection in the endangered Mauritian pink pigeon

in Biological Conservation

141.

pp. 153-161

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Brooks-Moizer, F., Robertson, S., Edmunds, K., Bell, D.

(2008)

Avian influenza H5N1 and the wild bird trade in Hanoi, Vietnam

in Ecology and Society

14.

pp. 28

UEA Repository

(Article)


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Key Research Interests

I am a conservation biologist with eclectic research interests mainly at interdisciplinary boundaries. 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 Indian Ocean. Much of my current research concerns the roles of introduced pathogens and wildlife trade in biodiversity loss. My UK research has used the European wild rabbit as a model species to investigate interrelationships among population dynamics, behavioural ecology, reproduction, genetics, parasites/ disease and species/ecosystem conservation. Most of the latter research has involved a long-term (20+year), non-invasive study of a natural European wild rabbit population situated on the UEA campus.

Current Research Projects

 

  • Population dynamics, social organization, parasites and disease in a long-term study of a natural population of the European wild rabbit 
  • Impact of H5N1 on biodiversity and local livelihoods 
  • Parasites and disease in Indian Ocean columbids and passerines
  • Myxomatosis epidemiology 50 years on 
  • Reintroductions and translocations of Mauritian avifauna
  • Developing a new initiative, Conservation Outreach, which will build capacity in conservation skills in countries rich in biodiversity but poor in resources to monitor and implement action plans for endangered species and ecosystems

 

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 ecologists in ENV and social scientists in DEV. 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.

Teaching Interests

  • Biodiversity (BIO 1A03)
  • Behaviour, Evolution and Ecology (BIO 1 A03)

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?’

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