Whatever of my work is judged worthy of publication, I do not want my name to appear there. (Pierre de Fermat, 1637)
I am a lecturer at the Dept of Biosciences in Swansea University, with a research focus on species interactions and stochastic
Recent and ongoing research projects include: (i) understanding the frequency distributions arising from different methods of generating coloured, stochastic environmental variation (with Lasse Ruokolainen); (ii) identifying and correcting the bias that arises in population models during statistical estimation of environmental covariates (with Andreas Lindén); (iii) developing and applying non-linear statistical models to demonstrate how coexistence can be influenced by long term climate change in sympatric, competing bird species (with Nils Chr. Stenseth and Joel Durant), (iv) investigating fisheries discards as a coloured resource for endangered Mediterranean seabird populations (with Daniel Oro), (v) Contrasting different intrinsic dynamics with linear and non-linear methods in classical Diversity–Biomass Stability models, (with Veijo Kaitala, Jouni Laakso and Lasse Ruokolainen).
I recently worked with the Population Ecology Group at IMEDEA in Mallorca (2009-12), whose work focuses on the demography of endangered species, with particular emphasis on Mediterranean seabirds and reptiles. I am interested in the best ways to address species- and spatial interactions with environmental variation in ecology. I aimed to link the theoretical work with the PEG's more applied approach to population biology, through mathematical modelling, time-series anaylsis and the development of appropriate statistical models.
Prior to this, I worked in the Integrative Ecology Unit in Helsinki with Profs. Esa Ranta & Veijo Kaitala, looking at density dependent dispersal and the Allee effect; interactions between maternal effects and dispersal and rewiring small world dispersal networks amongst other things. I was also interested in the effects of long- and short-term environmental change on population dynamics - how the colour and strength of environmental variation can affect population dynamics and extinction processes.
I carried out my undergraduate and PhD research at the University of Glasgow, with Prof. Graeme Ruxton & Dr. Jan Lindström. My PhD. thesis is titled 'Interactions between density dependence and dispersal', and I used mathematical models and computer simulations to look at a variety of subjects within theoretical ecology. In particular, I was interested in studying the Allee effect, competition within communities and lynx population dynamics, all within a spatial context. As well as the modelling, I carried out some experimental and statistical work assessing wing production and density dependence in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum.
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Last updated 06/06/2013