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Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson

Professor Peter Hudson FRS


Elected: 2008




Peter Hudson was the first to demonstrate that the boom and bust cycles of red grouse populations were linked to their infection with a parasitic worm. In his classic study he gathered evidence through an inventive series of field experiments, treating individually identified birds with antiparasitic drugs and measuring their breeding success.

He has gone on to explore how infection affects population ecology in a broad range of hosts, and under different conditions of climate, predation and food supply. Peter’s interests extend from the spread of infection through wild populations to the transmission of diseases to humans.

He received the 2005 Carlton Herman Award from the US Wildlife Disease Association. He was elected Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2010 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012. He was given an Honorary Degree by Queen Mary University of London in 2014.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Organismal biology (including invertebrate and vertebrate zoology), Epidemiology (non-clinical), Evolution, Ecology (incl behavioural ecology)


Wildlife Disease Ecology, Population dynamics, Emerging infectious diseases

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