John is seconded to the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) at Pirbright, Surrey, where he is responsible for working closely with a number of groups responsible for establishing links between animal disease and the weather.
John is seconded to the Institute for Animal Health. He is currently working on two DEFRA funded projects, the first being to understand the airborne transmission of foot-and-mouth disease and the second the spread of bluetongue via infected Culicoides midges. For both of these diseases the relationships between disease transmissions are complex and require an in-depth understanding of all phases of the processes involved. Only once these relationships have been established can detailed predictive real time modelling using the Met Office's Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME) be undertaken.
In addition to these activities John is involved in a number of DEFRA Expert Groups.
John has worked in many different parts of the Met Office including agricultural meteorology, cloud physics research, instrumentation, observations, management of the Met Office Research Flight aircraft, Human Resources and the provision of support to the Chief scientist.