I develop mathematical models to examine biological problems in ecology, evolution and infectious disease.
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 models to understand the population dynamics of ecological systems. I answers questions such as what has caused the replacement of red squirrels by greys in the UK and what causes cycles in abundance in vole populations?
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 and a Reader in 2009.
I undertake interdisciplinary research which applies mathematical techniques to answer question in biology. I have collaborations with biologists at the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Liverpool, Sheffield, Virginia, and York, at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and at Microsoft Research, Cambridge.