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Research interests

I develop mathematical models to examine biological problems in ecology, evolution and infectious disease management. I use the mathematical techniques of adaptive dynamics to examine the evolution of host resistance to parasites and to understand how parasites diversify to counter resistance mechanisms. I examine differential equation and probabilistic models to understand the population dynamics of ecological and infectious disease systems. I answers questions such as what has caused the replacement of red squirrels by greys in the UK and what are the key transmission mechanisms in the spread of tuberculosis and African swine fever?


I studied for a PhD on ‘Temporal and Spatial Dynamics in Ecological Systems’ at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Prof Mike Began and Prof Roger Bowers. Between 1996-1999 I worked at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh on a Department of the Environment contract to investigate the Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Vegetation. This work formed part of the UK government’s contribution to the Kyoto (1997), Buenos Aires (1998) and Bonn (1999) Climate Conventions. In 1999 I joined the Mathematics Department at Heriot Watt becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2003, a Reader in 2009 and a Professor in 2013. I undertake interdisciplinary research which applies mathematical techniques to answer question in biology. I have collaborations with biologists at the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Sheffield, UC Berkeley, Emory and the Institute of Game and Wildlife Research, Spain.

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Parasites Medicine & Life Sciences
parasites Agriculture & Biology
parasite Earth & Environmental Sciences
carbon sink Earth & Environmental Sciences
population dynamics Earth & Environmental Sciences
Population Medicine & Life Sciences
infectious diseases Agriculture & Biology
coevolution Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 1996 2020

Yellow fever virus
Yellow Fever

Industrial bees: The impact of apicultural intensification on local disease prevalence

Bartlett, L. J., Rozins, C., Brosi, B. J., Delaphane, K. S., de Roode, J. C., White, A., Wlifert, L. & Boots, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 56, 9, p. 2195-2205 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
disease prevalence

The critical role of infectious disease in compensatory population growth in response to culling

Tanner, E., White, A., Lurz, P. W. W., Gortázar, C., Díez-Delgado, I. & Boots, M., Jul 2019, In : American Naturalist. 194, 1, p. E1-E12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

culling (animals)
infectious disease
infectious diseases
population growth

Understanding the role of eco-evolutionary feedbacks in host-parasite coevolution

Ashby, B., Iritani, R., Best, A., White, A. & Boots, M., 7 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Theoretical Biology. 464, p. 115-125 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
population size
population density

Wolves contribute to disease control in a multi-host system

Tanner, E., White, A., Acevedo, P., Balseiro, A., Marcos, J. & Gortázar, C., 28 May 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 7940.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
disease control
Canis lupus