Dr Bethan Purse
My research involves the use of large-scale datasets to explain and predict impacts of environmental changes on biodiversity. Recent projects have focused largely on vector borne-disease systems and invasive species. I am currently investigating the impacts of changing wetland management regimes on UK mosquito communities and their ability to transmit pathogens as part of an interdisciplinary CEH funded project. I am also exploring the ecological mechanisms underlying species range changes, currently for UK alien plant species (European Union FP 6 Integrated ALARM Project) and UK passerines, and integrating models of host habitat suitability into risk-assessment frameworks for plant and animal pathogens (Phytophthora - UKPopNet-small projects and Scottish Government funding; bluetongue virus – Scottish Government funding).
See also the NERC Open Research Archive.
N.A. Hartemink, B.V. Purse , R.Meiswinkel, H.E. Brown, A. de Koeijer , A.R.W. Elbers , G-J. Boender , D.J. Rogers and H. Heesterbeek. 2009. Mapping the basic reproduction number (R0) of vector-borne diseases; a case study on bluetongue virus in the Netherlands. Epidemics 1, 153-161.
Purse, B. V., and D. J. Rogers. 2009. Bluetongue virus and climate change. Pp 343-358 in Bluetongue. Edited by P. S. Mellor, M. Baylis, and P. P. C. Mertens. Elsevier, London.
Purse, B. V., H. E. Brown, L. Harrup, M. P.P., and D. J. Rogers. 2008. Invasion of bluetongue and other orbivirus infections into Europe: the role of biological and climatic processes. Revue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics) 27:427-442.
Purse, B. V., Mellor, P.S., Baylis, M., McCormick, B.J.J., D.J. Rogers, (2007) Incriminating bluetongue virus vectors with climate envelope models, Journal of Applied Ecology, 44, 6, 1231–1242
Purse, B. V., Baylis M., McCormick B.J.J, Rogers, D. J. (2006) ‘T 8.3: Hindsight and foresight on the spread of bluetongue virus in Europe’ in Foresight Infectious Diseases: preparing for the future: Detection and Identification of Infectious Diseases (DIID): Office of Science and Innovation
Scharlemann J.P.W. Benz, D., Hay, S.I., Purse, B.V., Tatem, A.J.., Wint, G.R.W., & Rogers, D.J. (2008) Global Data for Ecology and Epidemiology: A Novel Algorithm for Temporal Fourier Processing MODIS Data. PLoS One, 3(1): e1408. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001408
Ducheyne, E. Codina, B., Bécu, S., De Deken, R., Nomikou, K., Mangana-Vougaki, O, Georgiev, G., Purse, B.V., Hendrickx, G. (2007) Quantifying the dispersal of Culicoides species in Greece and Bulgaria by wind, Geospatial Health 2, 177-189
Purse, B.V., Nedelchev, N., Georgiev, G., Veleva, E., Boorman, J., Denison, E., Veronesi, E., Carpenter, S., Baylis, M., & Mellor, P.S. (2006) Spatial and temporal distribution of bluetongue and its Culicoides vectors in Bulgaria. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 20, 335-344.
Purse, B.V., Mellor, P.S., Rogers, D.J., Samuel, A.R., Mertens, P.P.C., & Baylis, M. (2005) Climate change and the recent emergence of bluetongue in Europe. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 3, 171-181.
Purse, B.V., Hopkins, G.W., Day, K.J., & Thompson, D.J. (2003) Dispersal characteristics and management of a rare damselfly. Journal of Applied Ecology, 40, 716-728.