Dr Ace North

Research Interests

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.

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