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Associate Professor David Hayman PhD, MSc, BVM&S

Group Leader - Academic

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

I use multidisciplinary approaches (including molecular, serological, quantitative and phylogenetic techniques) to address how infectious diseases are maintained within their hosts and how the process of emergence occurs. More generally, I am interested in how ecological degradation and anthropogenic changes lead to increased pathogen emergence in humans and animals and how multi-disciplinary research can work to improve human and ecological health.

I am particularly interested in developing research programmes that improve public health and wildlife conservation outcomes, which often means working at the interface between disciplines.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64(0)6 3569099 Extn 83047
    Location: 2.24, Hopkirk
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Cambridge, UK (2011)
  • Master of Science - University of Kent, UK (2005)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery - University of Edinburgh, UK (2002)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Disease ecology
  • Epidemiology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Zoonoses
  • Public Health
  • Wildlife conservation


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Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302): Biological Sciences (060000): Ecology (060200): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Genetics (060400): Host-Parasite Interactions (060307): Infectious Agents (060502):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Microbiology (060500): Molecular Evolution (060409): Population Ecology (060207):
Veterinary Sciences (070700):
Virology (060506)


  • Disease ecology
  • Epidemiology
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Zoonoses
  • Wildlife conservation

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 8 5
Team Member 1 0

Current Projects

Project Title: Unpacking infection spillover dynamics

Date Range: 2016 - 2019

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Project Title: Food Safety Centre Postdoctoral Salaries (MBIE/MPI)

Date Range: 2015 - 2018

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Bloomfield, SJ., Midwinter, AC., Biggs, PJ., French, NP., Marshall, JC., Hayman, DTS., . . . Benschop, J. (2017). Long-term colonisation by Campylobacter jejuni within a human host: evolution, antimicrobial resistance and adaptation.. J Infect Dis.
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., Hayman, D., Midwinter, A.


Garcia-R, JC., French, N., Pita, A., Velathanthiri, N., & Hayman, D. (2017). Local and global genetic diversity of protozoan parasites: spatial distribution of cryptosporidium and giadia genotypes. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand society for parasitology. Palmerston north, New zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Hayman, D., Velathanthiri, N.
Cornelius, A., Biggs, PJ., Hayman, D., French, N., Draper, J., Wilkinson, D., . . . Gilpin, B. (2017). use of genotyping tools to characterise and investigate the New Zealand Havelock North campylobacteriosis outbreak. , 19th international workshop on campylobacter, helicobacter and related organisms
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Biggs, P., Hayman, D., Marshall, J., Midwinter, A., Wilkinson, D.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
CoSupervisor 1 0


Veterinary Public Health

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Carter Hranac - PhD
    Spatic-temporal dynamics of emerging infectious diseases in wild bats
  • Janelle Wierenga - PhD
    Metagenomic evaluation of zoonotic pathogen transmission in Uganda

CoSupervisor of:

  • Samuel Bloomfield - PhD
    Transmission and evolution of bacteria during the course of enteritis outbreaks

Media and Links


  • 20 Sep 2014 - Newspaper
    NZ not immune to ebola spread
  • 01 Jan 2014 - Newspaper
    Bat man hunts disease clues.NZ ‘not immune’ from E
  • 01 Jan 2014 - Online
    Fruit bats could help predict Ebola outbreaks
  • 01 Jan 2014 - Online
    The West African Ebola epidemic isn’t going a hurr
  • 01 Jan 2014 - Radio
    Will banning the consumption of bats in Guinea sto
  • 01 Jan 2014 - Television
    Preparing NZ for Ebola
  • 01 Jan 2013 - Online
    Bats Host More Than 60 Human-Infecting Viruses
  • 01 Jan 2013 - Online
    Compared with rodents, bat species carry more viru

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