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Dr Richard Stutt

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Dr Richard Stutt
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 748957



  • Research Assistant, Epidemiology and Modelling Group, University of Cambridge (2009-2010)


  • MMath, Girton College, University of Cambridge (2008-2009)
  • MA Hons (Cantab.), Mathematics, Girton College, University of Cambridge (2005-2008)

Research Interests

My research is focused on large scale predictions for disease spread and management.

Current Projects

My current projects involve modelling the spread of the Ramorum disease epidemic (also known as Sudden Oak Death, caused by P. ramorum) in the UK, working with regulators to provide outputs including predictions of disease spread and the effect of management strategies. I am also involved in predicting the potential for future spread of Sudden Oak Death on the east coast of the USA, and looking at the effects of spread of citrus diseases at the state scale in Florida.

I am part of the production and deployment of a web based interactive utility to demonstrate the effect of control in realistic landscapes and additionally the development of a generic computational framework for stochastic simulation of spatial models of epidemics and developing a flexible, computationally-efficient suite of models for the analysis of disease spread and control in heterogeneous environments.


Supervisions for Maths A for Natural Sciences students (Part IA)

Supervisions for Mathematical Biology for Natural Sciences students (Part IA)

Demonstrations for Mathematical Biology for Natural Sciences students (Part IA)

Key Publications

Cunniffe NJ, Stutt RJOH, van den Bosch F, Gilligan CA (2012) "Time-dependent infectivity and flexible latent and infectious periods in compartmental models of plant disease." Phytopathology 102:365-380 Read online

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