Dr Ace North
I study the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations, often with an emphasis on the role of spatial structure.
I'm interested in all kinds of populations, yet currently I am focussed on malaria-spreading mosquitoes. In particular, I am researching how transgenic elements might be driven into mosquito populations to reduce their efficiency in transmitting malaria.
I use a mixture of mathematical and statistical models. Mathematical models are useful for addressing hypothetical questions, such as how will a mosquito population respond if a particular insecticide is applied in a given way. Statistical models help us to understand the fluctuations in mosquito abundance observed by field researchers.