Welcome to my home page. I am a final-year PhD student, supervised by Prof. Rachel Norman (Department of Mathematics, University of Stirling) and Dr Lucy Gilbert (Ecological Sciences, James Hutton Institute). I am also a former associate member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and a postgraduate member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society (EMS).
My research comes from an IMPACT scholarship joint-funded by the University and the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen. Titled ‘Using mathematical models to understand the impact of climate change on tick-borne infections’, it aims to develop a model to make long-term predictions of tick-borne infections across Scotland. This is expected to be submitted in the summer of 2016.
In the autumn of 2015 I worked with Prof. Norman on an Innovation Voucher project to develop an algorithm for use by small business Fishbox. This has led to a further project, running from February–July 2016, where I am employed as a Research Assistant with the aim of fully implementing the algorithm for functional use.
From 2013 I have been a recognised teacher at the University, and have been involved with the following modules:
From 2008 to 2012 I studied Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Stirling, achieving a First Class Honours degree. I also was awarded a prize for Outstanding Performance in my final year, which also came with a nomination for the Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards (now defunct).
I was also president of the Stirling University Maths Society (SUMS) in my final year, and represented the Mathematics department at University events such as open days.
In February 2012 I was part of one of three teams of three who represented the University in the MCM competition. In this competition the teams had to choose a problem to tackle over 4 days, and create a model for it. The problem our team looked at was how to maximise the amount of rafting trips along a fictional river. Our team's paper was the highest-placed in Europe, as we were finalists, meaning we finished in the top 27 out of 3697 teams worldwide.
As a PhD student I have been involved in training the University's teams for the 2013-2016 competitions.
At the 2014 European Conference in Mathematical & Theoretical Biology in Gothenburg I presented a talk on ‘Incorporating environmental factors into tick-borne disease models’. I also plan to present at the 2016 edition of this conference in Nottingham. In 2015 I won the prize for Best Talk at the University of Stirling’s Computing Science & Mathematics PhD Student Day.
I am an author on the following published paper:
In my spare time I run the website The Game is a Foot. Here I aim to use my mathematics skills and apply it to the wider world, such as sports and politics. I am very keen to feature guest articles, so if you’re interested there’s more information on the site, and either e-mail me through here or through the website.