David Ewing

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Senior Statistical Scientist in Animal Health and Welfare

Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
JCMB, The King's Buildings,
Peter Guthrie Tait Road,
EDINBURGH, EH9 3FD, Scotland, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 7288

David Ewing

Research Interests

I provide statistical consultancy and support on several projects at the Moredun Institute and Scotland's Rural College, which involves applying a broad range of statistical techniques to animal health and welfare data. I am also interested in mathematical modelling of disease outbreaks, with particular expertise in the application of delay-differential models to epidemiological problems.


I studied statistics at the University of St Andrews, where I graduated with a Master's degree in 2013. During my degree I became interested in the application of statistical and mathematical approaches in the field of ecology, so I went on to pursue a PhD in mathematical biology at the Center for Ecology & Hydrology and the University of Glasgow from 2013-2017. My PhD work involved using stage-structured delay-differential equation models to study the potential effects of climate change on mosquito seasonal abundance and West Nile virus transmission in the UK. Upon completing my PhD I spent six months as the statistician at Scottish Natural Heritage providing statistical support across a range of projects. These included using mixed effects models to study the effects of deer and goose trampling on upland bogs and farmland, analysing line transect survey data to estimate gull numbers at two sites of special scientific interest and assisting with the testing and sensitivity analysis of the Natural Capital Asset Index for Scotland. In summer 2018 I joined BioSS where I am now employed as a statistical scientist specialising in animal health and welfare research.

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