ContactOffice Location Norman Bethune College
Phone Number (416)736-2100
I am a mathematical biologist and math educator. As a mathematical biologist, I use modelling to study the spread, containment and evolution of infectious diseases. After my MSc I worked for the Canadian Consortium for Pandemic Preparedness Modelling, where I studied the cause of the second wave of the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic. During my PhD I turned my focus to agriculture and studied how industrial farming might cause poultry diseases to evolve to become more deadly. After my PhD I joined the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral fellow, where I researched the ongoing threat of bovine tuberculosis in the UK and how recent changes to beekeeping might be killing honeybees. My current research focuses on using modelling to study the health and sustainability of the poultry industry.
As an educator I enjoy showing students how accessible and applicable mathematics is. The courses I teach include Mathematics of Politics (NATS1590), The Mathematics of Biology (NATS1595), The Nature and Growth of Ideas in Mathematics (NATS1920) and Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (MATH1505).
Mathematical Modelling, Infectious Disease, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology