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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group


Research Overview

Background in mathematical modelling and statistics developing strategies for experimental design and parametrisation of biological systems at different spatial and temporal scales.
Currently developing strategies for forecasting risk arising from dispersion of invasive pests e.g. desert locust and arboviruses (banana bunchy top virus, BBTV) affecting staple food crops across regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Interests in Bayesian parameter estimation, machine learning and remote sensing.

Previous Positions

  • 2015-2020 Research Fellow, The Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology & Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research (SBIDER), University of Warwick
  • 2012-2015 Research Fellow, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham


  • PhD Mathematics, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • MSc System Analysis, Klaipeda University
  • BSc. Hons. Mathematics, Klaipeda University

Key Publications

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Renata  Retkute

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
Downing Street,