Kevin Bown

Dr Kevin Bown

Lecturer in Biology

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I studied for my first degree in Zoology at the University of Cardiff before completing an MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of York. My PhD was at the University of Liverpool where I studied diseases of woodland rodents with particular focus on vector-borne infections, before working as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the transmission and ecology of vector borne disease at Liverpool. I joined the School of Environment and Life Sciences in 2011 as a quantitative biologist.


My teaching links to my background in ecology and I coordinate modules in ‘Population and Community Ecology’ and ‘Research Skills in Parasitology’.  I am interested in embedding quantitative skills through the curriculum both in formal statistics teaching and through practical, field and research based teaching.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne infections. After discovering that rodents in the UK were reservoir hosts for Anaplasma phagocytophilum, a tick-borne bacterium of veterinary and medical importance, I undertook further research that demonstrated that different tick-host systems maintained discrete bacterial strains.

More recently I have also started to study the ecology of Lyme borreliosis in northern England, in particular addressing the role that different host species play in the maintenance of this medically important infection.

I am also interested in the ecology of infectious diseases more generally, and the disruption of natural host-parasite relationships by invasive species.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD University of Liverpool (2000)

MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York (1996).

BSc (Hons) in Zoology, University of Cardiff (1993).


Telfer, S & Bown, K. (2012). 'The effects of invasion on parasite dynamics and communities', Functional Ecology, 26, pp.1288-1299.

Harrison, A & Bown, K & Montgomery, I & Birtles, R. (2012). 'Ixodes ricinus is not an epidemiologically relevant vector of Bartonella species in the wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus). ', Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 12, pp.366-371.

Bown, K & Lambin, X & Telford, G & Heyder-Bruckner, D & Ogden, N & Birtles, R. (2011). 'The Common Shrew (Sorex araneus): A Neglected Host of Tick-Borne Infections?', Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 11(7), pp.947-953.

Harrison, A & Montgomery, I & Bown, K. (2011), 'Investigating the persistence of tick-borne pathogens via the R(0) model', Parasitology, 138(7), pp.896-905.

Harrison, A & Bown, K & Horak, I. (2011). 'Detection of Anaplasma bovis in an undescribed tick species collected from the eastern rock sengi Elephantulus myurus', Journal of Parasitology, 97, pp.1012-1016.

Bown, K & Lambin, X & Ogden, N H & Begon, M & Telford, G & Woldehiwet, Z & Birtles, R. (2009). 'Delineating Anaplasma phagocytophilum Ecotypes in Coexisting, Discrete Enzootic Cycles', Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Bown, K & Lambin, X & Telford, G & Ogden, N & Telfer, S & Woldehiwet, Z & Birtles, R. (2008). 'Relative Importance of Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes trianguliceps as Vectors for Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Babesia microti in Field Vole (Microtus agrestis) Populations', Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74(23), pp.7118-7125.