Andy Fenton

Andy Fenton-1


Contact Information


Tel: 0151 795 4473

Fax: 0151 795 4408

Research Interests

I am interested in the use of simple population dynamic theory as a tool for understanding ecological systems and, in particular, the epidemiology and evolution of parasites.  My primary research interest at present focuses on the community context of host-parasite associations – how parasites shape and transmit within multi-host communities, and how interactions among co-infecting parasite species alter affect host health, host-parasite dynamics and the efficacy of control strategies.  

I am also interested in host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics, trying to understand how different parasite infection and host resistance genotypes interact to determine patterns of coevolution.  More broadly, I work on a range of systems, linking simple mathematical models with empirical data to understand the basic processes driving the dynamics of those systems.

Research Group

Kayleigh Gallahgher:

Bryony Allen:

Shaun Keegan

Selected publications

Griffiths, E., Pedersen, A. B., Fenton. A. & Petchey, O. L. 2014. Analysis of a summary network of coinfection in humans reveals that parasites interact most via shared resources. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 1782, 20132286. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2286.

Vale, P. F., Fenton, A. & Brown, S. P. Limiting damage during infection: lessons from infection tolerance for novel therapeutics.  PLoS Biology 12, e1001769. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001769.

Knowles, S. C. L., Fenton, A., Petchey, O. L., Jones, T. R., Barber, R. & Pedersen, A. B. 2013. Stability of within-host parasite communities in a wild mammal system. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 280, 20130598. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2013.0598.

Fenton, A. 2013. Dances with worms: the ecological and evolutionary impacts of deworming on coinfecting pathogens. Parasitology 140, 1119-1132.

Streicker, D., Fenton, A. & Pedersen, A. B. 2013. Differential sources of host species heterogeneity influence the transmission and control of multi-host parasites. Ecology Letters 16, 975-984.

Fenton, A., Antonovics, J. & Brockhurst, M. A. 2012. Two-step infection processes can lead to coevolution between functionally independent infection and resistance pathways. Evolution 66, 2030-2041.

 Fenton, A., Johnson, K. N., Brownlie, J. C. & Hurst, G. D. D. 2011. Solving the Wolbachia paradox: modeling the tripartite interaction between host, Wolbachia and a natural enemy. The American Naturalist 178, 333-342.

 Fenton, A. & Perkins, S. E. 2010. Applying predator-prey theory to modelling immune-mediated, within-host interspecific parasite interactions. Parasitology 137, 1027-1038. 

 Fenton, A., Viney, M. E. & Lello, J. 2010. Detecting interspecific macroparasite interactions from ecological data: patterns and process. Ecology Letters 13, 606-615.

 Fenton, A., Antonovics, J. & Brockhurst. M. A. 2009. Inverse-gene-for-gene infection genetics and coevolutionary dynamics. The American Naturalist 174, E230-242.