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Jonathan is a Ph.D. researcher working at the intersection of social science and biological science, specifically analysing the control of gastrointestinal nematode parasites in small ruminants in southern Africa. A DfE CAST studentship holder, he is currently researching as part of an interdisciplinary project entitled 'Blending new and traditional animal health solutions to support agro-pastoral livelihoods under climate change'. Extensive fieldwork opportunities in Malawi and Botswana will facilitate the collection of socio-economic and behavioural characteristics of agro-pastoralists as well as data on their animal health management practices.

Jonathan is also modelling climate change and parasite biology in Africa, while also using drones to map parasite microclimates with the intention of informing improved grazing management strategies. Jonathan is working with international partners to produce an automated decision-support tool to help resource-poor farmers make treatment decisions. 

Alongside this, Jonathan is working with CAST studentship collaborator Self Help Africa, an internationally-leading NGO, helping with GIS analysis and spatial data management for the 'Million Trees' project which seeks to mitigate climate change and provide ecosystem services to smallholder participants through planting trees and thus enhancing carbon sequestration.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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