Modelling Periodic Waves in Cyclic Populations
Recent spatiotemporal field data indicates periodic wave
activity in a range of cyclic populations. This project involves
a detailed study of such waves using theoretical modelling.
Specifically, models will be used to compare and contrast
periodic wave behaviour in populations that cycle for different
reasons, such as interaction with a predator or a parasitoid.
The main application of the work will be to field voles in Kielder
Forest on the Scotland--England border, and the student will spend
about 2 months per year doing field work in Kielder. Applications to
other cyclic populations will also be considered. This project
is suitable either for a student with a mathematics background and
a strong interest in ecology, or for a student with an ecological
background and with some mathematical expertise.
This project is funded by the NERC EMS
programme and provides an enhanced stipend of 16000 pounds, tax free.
For further information, please contact:
Professor Jonathan Sherratt
Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt
University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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