A wide variety of people work on the BARC project, including undergraduates, volunteers and accomplished academics. This page is where you can get to know a bit more about the people behind BARC.


If you're interested in finding out more about a particular BARC member or about their project please contact them via their email or through the contact form on the Be Part of BARC page  


Prof Jo Cable 

Founder of BARC 

Email: CableJ@cardiff.ac.uk

Whilst my day job mostly involves parasites in aquatic environments, BARC is a great project for informing the public about parasites. Parasites are often a neglected aspect of biodiversity, despite the fact that >50% of animals are parasites. Just as biologists are now taking an ecosystem approach to tackle ecological questions, we proposed here to use a community approach to tackle not only infectious disease biology, but the socio-economic problems linked to dog fouling.


In 2013 there were 8.5-10 million dogs in the UK, which contributes significantly to the wellbeing of dog owners. These dogs, however, produce approximately 1,000 tonnes of excrement each day and UK tax payers spend £22 million annually to clean up dog faeces. Dog fouling is undoubtedly an emotive topic. However, we can hopefully do something to improve the situation by gathering data on parasites to provide more ammunition for anti-dog fouling campaigns.


Claire Astin

Undergraduate Student

Email: Astinc1@cardiff.ac.uk

I have volunteered with the BARC project now for about 3 years and I am still as passionate now as I was back when I began. I am currently a student of Biology here in Cardiff, with particular interest in both animal parasitology and public engagement.

I find BARC is an important and fascinating project as it highlights the problems of dog fouling, both economically and in terms of public health, and it also raises awareness of parasite presence within our daily lives. 



Philippa Ball 

Professional Training Year Student 2013-14


Linda Erlandsson

Laboratory technician 

Monika Jadwiga


Graduate volunteer

I teach veterinary undergraduate and postgraduate students about parasites and their control, and have conducted research in this area for the past 18 years. This includes work on Toxocara spp. and other worms of dogs, cats and foxes. I support the aims of BARC, to document and reduce the risks that parasites of pets pose to people’s health, especially by eliminating unnecessary fouling of the environment by dog faeces.

Dr Eric Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at Bristol Veterinary School

Chris Griffiths 

Final Year Project Student 2014-15

Jack Vittles

History undergraduate


Sophie France

Final Year Project Student 2014-15

Maria Giuseppa


Erasmus Student 

Karan Gupta 

Biology undergraduate 

Laura Samsun 

Genetics undergraduate 

Rhys White

Professional Training Year Student 2014-15

Cerys Erwood

Professional Training Year Student 2014-15

Cara Thomas 

Biomedical Science 





Victoria Thorne

Professional Training Year

Student 2015-2016