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Mike Irvine


I completed my undergraduate studies at University College London where I read for a Mathematics with Modern Languages Msci. I have since moved to the University of Warwick, where I comleted the combined Msc+PhD Complexity DTC programme.

PhD Project

Supervisors: Jim Bull from Life Sciences, Swansea University and Matt Keeling from Mathematics & Life Sciences.

Thesis title: Pattern Formation and Resilience in Vegetative Ecosystems.

Investigted spatial growth phenomena in Seagrass ecology using a variety of statistical and mathematical techniques. These include patch dynamic models and using fractal properties of patch clusters to infer biological processes.


  • pattern formation
  • Quantifying variability and extinction
  • model fitting

I am also interested in transient behaviour in Host-Parasitoid dynamics and disease and species diffusion on fragmented environments.

Msc Projects

I completed two projects as part of my MSc in complexity:

  • The Role of Memory in Adaptive Food Webs
  • The Role of Hubs in the Emergence of Tags on Scale-Free Networks


  • British Ecological Society (BES)
  • Warwick Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology Research (WIDER)


  • Topics in Mathematical Biology Support Class 2011-2013(MA390)
  • Undergraduate Supervisor

Read my article for the Complexity newletter here


Address: Centre for Complexity

Zeeman Building

Univeristy of Warwick



CV: (PDF Document)