Birgit is a Veterinary Epidemiologist with specialisation in aquatic animal diseases. Birgit has worked for Cefas since 2004, where she works in the Epidemiology and Risk team.
Birgit’s area of work ranges from import risk analysis, development of models for risk ranking fish farms, development of surveillance schemes over leading experimental research work to advice to support Defra's aquatic animal health policy. Recently, she is increasingly involved in the assessment of economic consequences of aquatic animal diseases, including the impact of climate change on aquaculture.
Birgit has led various Defra and EFSA funded research projects and is currently involved in two EU Horizon 2020 funded research projects, where she leads research into the impact of disease or environmental events on farm economics. An area of particular interest is the development of tools for risk-based surveillance.
Since 2004, Birgit has been a nominated expert for crayfish plague (Infection with Aphanomyces astaci) for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). She has developed diagnostic tests for this and other aquatic animal diseases. She has served on various EFSA and OIE working groups and led a large Defra funded project on fish welfare.
Specialties: Aquatic animal disease epidemiology/Import risk analysis/Risk-based surveillance.
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