Professor, Ph.D. (Cambridge)
Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics, McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Canada L8S 4K1
905-525-9140, ext. 23320
Research Area: Mathematical Biology
Research Profile: Mathematical BiologyI work on a wide variety of problems in theoretical ecology and evolution.
Mathematical interests: the use of "moment equations" (equations for the mean, variance, and second-order spatial statistics such as spatial correlation) to understand the qualitative dynamics of biological communities (e.g. hosts and parasites, competing plant species)interacting in continuous spatial arenas.
Biological interests: host/parasite interactions, broadly defined to include any "intimate association" among natural enemies and their victims: viruses, bacteria, and classical macroparasites. I work on the general dynamics of infectious disease epidemics, and particularly on the evolution of virulence.
Statistical interests: fitting of parameters for ecological and evolutionary models, especially in a maximum likelihood settings. My recent work has focused on improvement and dissemination of tools for fitting generalized linear mixed models.