In 1996 I graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Bath. I remained at Bath for my PhD in the field of mathematical biology, specifically modelling army ant populations, under the supervision of Nick Britton and Nigel Franks. Between 2000 and 2003 I worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Dundee on a project investigating how nutritional heterogeneity impacts on fungi; this project was a genuine synergy between experimentalists (Helen Jacobs, Geoff Gadd & Karl Ritz) and mathematical modellers (Fordyce Davidson & myself). In 2003 I was appointed as a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Glamorgan (now called University of South Wales) and have remained here ever since.
My current research continues investigating interactions involving fungal mycelia using continuum, discrete and hybrid models. This requires some analysis of differential equations, constructing bespoke code for their numerical solution and also writing simulation software, typically using Matlab. I am also interested in mathematical models of human physiology, particular in an elite sporting contexts. Additionally, I am involved in projects quantifying loop structures in system dynamics and on the alignment properties of smectic liquid crystals contained in non-uniform domains.
I am happy to supervise Ph.D.s in most areas of mathematical biology - please contact me if you're interested.