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Samik Datta (Research Fellow, Mathematics Institute and School of Life Sciences)

I am an early stage research fellow, working in both the Mathematics Institute and the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick, and a member of the WIDER group (Warwick Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research). I am working with Professor Matt Keeling (Maths / Life Sciences) on modelling the spread of disease (further details below), as well as collaborating with other members of the Life Sciences, Mathematics and Medical School departments.

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Research Profile

Mathematical ecology: simulating basic life processes in marine ecosystems (such as reproduction, predation, growth, death and others), to understand the broad changes seen intra- and interannually. Looking at the effects of seasonal effects (such as annual phytoplankton blooms) on stable systems, and focusing on how to reduce impact to the ecosystem.

Honeybee epidemiology: investigating infections in honeybee populations (including European and American foulbrood, and the Varroa mite) across the UK. Predicting and understanding the spread of diseases to honeybees using statistical methods (in particular Bayesian techniques), in order to understand the dynamics of disease spread, and to simulate the effect of control strategies to find optimum ways of controlling the size of epidemics.

Human disease modelling: Simulating the spread of various human diseases, using a variety of modelling strategies. Testing existing and novel vaccination strategies, and using economic models to assess cost-effectiveness, to inform government policy.


Professor Matt Keeling and I were interviewed by Dr. David Gregory-Kumar, science correspondent for the BBC news show Midlands Today, on our work modelling the AFB outbreak on Jersey. The interview was aired on Thursday 10th October, 2013, and can be found here.

I was also interviewed live by the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio station (for the same modelling work), for the Drive-Time show on weekdays. The interview was aired on Friday 4th October, 2013, and can be found here.

I wrote an article on our work modelling AFB on Jersey for the UK beekeeping magazine "Bee Craft", and the article "Modelling American Foulbrood on Jersey" can be found in the February 2014 issue of the magazine (link to the Bee Craft website available here).


  1. Samik Datta and Matt J. Keeling (2017), ''Capturing sexual contact patterns in modelling the spread of sexually transmitted infections: evidence using Natsal-3', Epidemics (submitted).
  2. Matt J. Keeling, Daniel N. Franklin, Samik Datta, Mike A. Brown and Giles E. Budge (2017), 'Predicting the spread of the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) following its incursion into Great Britain', Nature Scientific Reports 7, no. 6240. [ARTICLE]
  3. Matt J. Keeling, Samik Datta, Daniel N. Franklin, Ivor Flatman, Andy Wattam, Mike Brown and Giles E. Budge (2017), 'Efficient use of sentinel sites: detection of invasive honeybee pests and diseases in the UK', Journal of the Royal Society Interface 14(129), no. 20160908. [ARTICLE]
  4. Matt J. Keeling, Katherine A. Broadfoot and Samik Datta (2017), 'The impact of current infection levels on the cost-benefit of vaccination', Epidemics 21, 56-62. [ARTICLE]
  5. Daniel N. Franklin, Mike A. Brown, Samik Datta, Andrew G. S. Cuthbertson, Giles. E. Budge, Matt J. Keeling (2017), ‘Invasion dynamics of Asian hornet, Vespa velutina (Hymenoptera: Vespidae): A case study of a commune in south-west France’, Applied Entomology and Zoology 52(2), 221-229. [ARTICLE]
  6. Tinevimbo Shiri, Samik Datta, Jason Madan, Alexander Tsertsvadze, Pamela Royle, Matt J. Keeling, Noel McCarthy, Stavros Petrou (2016), 'Indirect Impact of Childhood Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination on Invasive Pneumococcal Disease: A Global Systematic Review and Meta-analysis', The Lancet Global Health 5(1), 51-59. [ARTICLE]
  7. Samik Datta and Julia L. Blanchard (2016), 'The effects of seasonal processes on size spectrum dynamics', Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73(4), 598-610. [ARTICLE]
  8. EFSA panel (2015), 'SHB spread, survival and establishment', EFSA Journal 13(12), 4328 [77 pp.]. [ARTICLE]
  9. Samik Datta, James C. Bull, Giles E. Budge, Matt J. Keeling (2013), 'Modelling the spread of American foulbrood in honeybees', Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10(88), no. 20130650. [ARTICLE]
  10. Bethan C. O'Leary, James C. R. Smart, Fiona C. Neale, Julie P. Hawkins, Stephanie Newman, Amy C. Milman, Samik Datta, Callum M. Roberts (2012), 'Response to Cook et al. comment on 'Fisheries Mismanagement'', Marine Pollution Bulletin 64(10), 2267 - 2271. [ARTICLE]
  11. Samik Datta, Gustav W. Delius, Richard Law, Michael J. Plank (2011), 'A stability analysis of the power-law steady state of marine size spectra', Journal Of Mathematical Biology 63(4), 779 - 799. [ARTICLE]
  12. Samik Datta, Gustav W. Delius, Richard Law (2010), 'A jump-growth model for predator-prey dynamics: derivation and application to marine ecosystems', Bulletin Of Mathematical Biology 72(6), 1361 - 1382. [ARTICLE]

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Contact details


Warwick Mathematics Institute,
Senate House,
Room 348C,
University of Warwick,

Tel: (02476 1)50257