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Visiting researchers

  • Dr Jeff Reid, Independent Consultan. Modelling in relation to African plant health.

  • Dr Matthew Parry, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago, New Zealand. Bayesian methods for parameter estimation of emerging epidemics.

  • Alex Ferris, Bioengineering PhD student, Stanford University and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Intern. Modelling within-field dynamics and surveillance for cassava disease.
 

Collaborators 

  • Professor Gavin Gibson, Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Statistical inference, model fitting and Bayesian methods for spatially-extended models.

  • Dr Tim Gottwald, USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory, Florida. Spatio-temporal dynamics of citrus canker

  • Professor John Carr, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. Epidemiological and evolutionary models for virus vector transmission.

  • Dr Frank van den Bosch, Rothamsted Research. Epidemiological dynamics of cassava diseases.

  • Dr Dave Hodson, CIMMYT, Mexico. Real-time forecasting of wheat rust epidemics.

  • Dr Matthew Hort, UK Met Office. Real-time forecasting of wheat rust epidemics.

  • Sarah Millington, UK Met Office. Real-time forecasting of wheat rust epidemics.

  • Dr Titus Alicai, National Agricultural Research Organization, Entebbe. Modelling and surveillance of cassava diseases.

  • Dr Patrick Chikoti, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute. Modelling and surveillance of cassava diseases.

  • Dr Netsanet Bacha, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research. Real-time forecasting of wheat rust epidemics.

  • Dr Elias Nure, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency. Real-time forecasting of wheat rust epidemics.

  • Dr Stephen Parnell, Reader in Spatial Epidemiology, University of Salford. Surveillance and sampling strategies for epidemics of crop plants and natural systems.

  • Andrew Hoppitt, Forestry Commission. Modelling spread of Oak Processionary moth.

  • Dr Glynn Jones, FERA. Modelling spread and management of urban tree epidemics and infestations.

  • Dr Dave Bartels, USDA-APHIS. Modelling spread and management of Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing disease of citrus.

  • Dr Sunil Kumar, USDA-APHIS. Modelling spread and management of Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing  disease of citrus.

  • Professor Roger Sylvester-Bradley, ADAS. Modelling wheat growth dynamics and nitrogen response.

  • Dr David Hughes, Department of Entomology and Biology, Penn State. Surveillance for wheat rust and cassava diseases.

  • Professor John Thomas, Centre for Horticultural Science, University of Queensland. Parameter estimation, modelling and control of banana bunchy top disease in Australia and West Africa.

  • Dr Kathy Crew, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland. Parameter estimation, modelling and control of banana bunchy top disease in Australia and West Africa. 

  • Barry Sullivan, Lagom Agriculture Pty Ltd, Queensland. Parameter estimation, modelling and control of banana bunchy top disease in Australia and West Africa. 

  • Dr Elizabeth Whalley, University of Warwick. Options theory modelling for management of forest disease.

 

Former group members

  • Dr Anna Szyniszewska, Technical Lead on the Global Burden of Crop Loss initiative, CABI. Formerly Postdoctoral Research Associate working on cassava pathogens in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Dr Hola Adrakay.

  • Dr David Godding, working on a digital market access platform for smallholder farmers in Colombia. Former postgraduate student working on cassava brown streak disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Dan Safka. Former programming support for epidemic mapping and handling of host and meteorological data.

  • Dr Clare Allen, British Antarctic Survey. Former postdoctoral research associate in atmospheric physics working on the Ethiopian wheat rust early warning system.

  • Dr Ciara Dangerfield, Isaac Newton Institute, working to improve the use of maths in industry. Former postdoctoral research associate working on tree health and plant biosecurity.

  • Dr Martin Vyska, research in connection with banking and hedge fund management. Former postgraduate student working on options theory for disease control.

  • Dr Matthew Castle, Human Resources Division, University of Cambridge. Former postdoctoral research associate.

  • Dr Matthew Patrick, postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan. Former postdoctoral research associate working on computational methods for epidemic models.

  • Dr Joao Filipe, postdoctoral research fellow, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, University of Newcastle. Former postdoctoral research associate working on oak diseases.

  • Dr Franco Neri, European Food Safety Authority. Former postdoctoral research associate working on Bayesian estimation for epidemic models.

  • Dr Irina Tikhonova, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economic Modelling, University of Exeter Medical School. Former postdoctoral research associate working on individual based models.

  • Anne Bates, former Senior Research Technician.

  • Dr Alex Cook, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, National University of Singapore. Former postdoctoral research associate working on the optimal design of experiments relating to epidemics.

  • Dr Wilfred Otten, Senior Lecturer, Biophysics of Soil Ecosystems, University of Abertay. Former senior research associate in soil physics working on testing an epidemiological framework to quantify the spatio-temporal dynamics of saprotrophic activity of soil-borne fungi.

  • Dr Adam Kleczkowski, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling. Former senior research associate modelling the influence of spatial and temporal heterogenities on dynamics of ecological and epidemiological systems.

  • Dr Stephen Parnell PDRA USDA Horticulture Laboratory, Fort Pierce, Florida. Former postgraduate student working on modelling invasion of fungicide resistant strains in disease complexes.

  • Dr David Claessen Veni Vidi Vici Fellowship, Netherlands. Former postdoctoral research assistant in modelling. Transgene-induced life history changes and the ecology of transgenic crops based at Rothamsted Research in joint project with Dr van den Bosch.

  • Dr Graeme Forster, Research Associate, Orbis Investment. Former postgraduate student working on dynamics and control of disease in populations: linking epidemiology and economic modelling.

  • Isabelle Moltini. Former technical research assistant (DEFRA).

  • Dr Chad Pillinger, Research Services Division, University of Cambridge. Former postdoctoral research associate in plant pathology working on an integrated epidemiological approach to evaluate control strategies and disease risk of Rhizoctonia in field vegetables.

  • Dr Lara Jamieson, MRC Statistics, University of Cambridge. Former research associate working on Markov chain Monte Carlo analysis of spatio-temporal disease maps.

  • Dr Jonathan Ludlam, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. Former postdoctoral research associate testing an epidemiological framework to quantify the spatio-temporal dynamics of saprotrophic activity of soil-borne fungi.

  • Dr Dawn Muddyman, Plant Pathologist, UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey, NIAB. Former postgraduate student working on chemical and biological control of the invasion of soil-borne fungal disease.

  • Dr James Truscott, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College. Former postdoctoral research associate working on application of perturbation theory to temporal and spatio-temporal models for disease dynamics and spread of Rhizomania disease.

  • Dr Adrian Stacey, computing consultant on robotics, Royston. Former postgraduate student and postdoctoral research associate working on development of computer models for epidemiological analyses and modelling of fungalgrowth.

  • Dr Paula Kantola, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Helsinki. Former postgraduate student working on microcosms experiments of epidemics of Rhizoctonia solani.

  • Dr Déirdre Hollingsworth, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Imperial College. Former postgraduate student working on invasion and persistence of disease and other micro-organisms in crop environments.

  • Dr Richard Hall, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis. Former postgraduate student working on modelling invasion of fungicide resistant strains in heterogeneous crop environments.

  • Dr Andrew Park, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Parasite Ecology Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. Former postgraduate student funded by NERC working on temporal and spatial models for metapopulation dynamics involving fungal infection of plants.

  • Dr Simon Gubbins, Mathematical Modeller, Veterinary Laboratory Agency. Former junior research fellow working on epidemiology and modelling of plant disease with particular reference to biological control and pesticide resistance.

  • Dr Jane White, Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath. Former Wellcome Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, working on development of reaction-diffusion-advection models for temporal and spatialdynamics of three species interactions involved in biocontrol of plant pathogens.

  • Dr Chris Thornton, Research Fellow in Plant Pathology, University of Exeter. Former BBSRC postdoctoral research assistant working on use of monoclonal antibodies to detect and quantify populations of Rhizoctonia solani and Trichoderma viride. Joint project with Dr Dewey, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford.

  • Dr Cerian Webb, Mathematical Modeller, Veterinary Laboratory Agency. Former postgraduate student working on  mathematical models of crop growth jointly supervised with Dr Werker, Brooms Barn and modelling localdynamics of Polymyxa betae the vector of rhizomania disease jointly supervised with Dr Asher, Broom's Barn.

  • Barrie Goddard, Computer Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge. Responsible for computer maintenance, graphics and data preparation as well as mycological experimentation assists with spatial and temporal modelling project.

  • Dr David Jaccoud, Lecturer in Plant Pathology, Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Brazil. Former affiliated postgraduate student working at NIAB on RAPD methods for detection of seed-borne pathogens of soyabean.

  • Dr Kai Schmidt, Affiliated Researcher, University of Bonn. Formerly postdoctoral research associate funded by MAFF working on models for crop growth in relation to soil water and nitrogen response. Joint project with Dr Sylvester-Bradley ADAS, Soil Science Group.

  • Dr Mette Creaser, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Applied and Molecular Ecology, University of Adelaide. Former postgraduate student working on use of molecular and other methods to quantify the behaviour of pathogens and microbial antagonists in the rhizosphere and bulk soil.

  • Dr Keith Briggs, Senior Research Associate, BT Research Laboratories, Martlesham Heath. Formerly postdoctoral research associate funded by BBSRC working on estimation of parameters of ecological models. Joint project with GJS Ross, Statistics Department, IACR, Rothamsted Experimental Station.

  • Dr Jonathan Swinton, NERC Advanced Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. Former postdoctoral research associate on Dutch elm disease and seal distemper virus. Epidemics in spatially structured populations.

  • Dr Deborah Long, Mathematical Analyst,  Merchant Bank. Former postgraduate student working on analysis and prediction of nonlinear dynamics in biological control of plant pathogens.

  • Kirsty Harris, research scientist in soil science, Scottish Crop Research Institute. Former technical research assistant working on thin section analysis thin section analysis of fungal growth in soil, working at Scottish Crops Research Institute in connection with the joint project with Dr Otten, Cambridge, and Dr Young and Dr Ritz at SCRI.

  • Dr Gemma Biran, Patent Lawyer. Former postgraduate student working on biological control of soil-borne nematodes. Joint project with Professor Kerry, IACR Rothamsted.