Associate Professor David Hayman has been awarded one of the 10 highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowships announced by Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today.
The annual fellowships, administered by The Royal Society on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, are worth up to $160,000 each a year for five years, and designed to support talented early- to mid-career researchers.
Dr Hayman’s research has focused on when and why novel globally important pathogens emerge and cause disease.
He has been involved in studying some of the world’s most deadly pathogens to humans, including the Ebola virus. His research focuses on how host traits and infection dynamics determine how traits such as birth and death rates affect infection dynamics in populations.
His most recent work includes using thermal imaging surveillance cameras to monitor long-term hibernation behaviours of bats, and work finding that Ebola virus emergence is linked to the clearing of animal habitat through deforestation in West and Central Africa.