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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


Department of Zoology and Veterinary Medicine

Research theme: Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food


Project Title:

Comparing Costs of Contrasting Livestock Systems: How do Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Antimicrobial Use and Animal Welfare of UK and Brazilian Pig Production vary with Yield?

Project Summary:

I am an interdisciplinary biologist focused on identifying optimal ways of farming for the climate, biodiversity, animal welfare, antimicrobial use and emerging infectious disease risk. Importantly, while tradeoffs between these factors are typically deemed inevitable, my research suggests this is not neccessarily the case. 


Key publications: 

1. Balmford, A., Amano, T., Bartlett, H., Chadwick, D., Collins, A., Edwards, D., Field, R., Garnsworthy, P., Green, R., Smith, P., Waters, H., Whitmore, A., Broom, D. M., Chara, J., Finch, T., Garnett, E., Gathorne-Hardy, A., Hernandez-Medrano, J., Herrero, M., … Eisner, R. (2018). The environmental costs and benefits of high-yield farming. Nature Sustainability, 1(9), 477–485.

2. Mayberry, D*., Bartlett, H*., Moss, J., Davison, T., & Herrero, M. (2019). Pathways to carbon-neutrality for the Australian red meat sector. Agricultural Systems, 175(May), 13–21. *These authors contributed equally

3. Bartlett, H. (2019). Livestock, antibiotics and greenhouse gas emissions. Planetary Health: Human Health in an Era of Global Environmental Change, 131–139. 

4. Petrovan, S. O., Aldridge, D. C., Bartlett, H., Bladon, A. J., Booth, H., Broad, S., Broom, D. M., Burgess, N. D., Cleaveland, S., Cunningham, A. A., Ferri, M., Hinsley, A., Hua, F., Hughes, A. C., Jones, K., Kelly, M., Mayes, G., Radakovic, M., Ugwu, C. A., … Sutherland, W. J. (2021). Post COVID-19: a solution scan of options for preventing future zoonotic epidemics. Biological Reviews, 1, brv.12774. 

5. Geldmann, J., Alves-Pinto, H., Amano, T., Bartlett, H., Christie, A. P., Collas, L., Cooke, S. C., Correa, R., Cripps, I., Doherty, A., Finch, T., Garnett, E. E., Hua, F., Jones, J. P. G., Kasoar, T., MacFarlane, D., Martin, P. A., Mukherjee, N., Mumby, H. S., … Balmford, A. (2020). Insights from two decades of the Student Conference on Conservation Science. Biological Conservation, 243, 108478. 

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Professor Andrew Balmford

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PhD Student