The modelling of biological processes is useful in increasing understanding and saving time and money over empirical experimentation. I am a mathematical modeller of infectious disease and pests. Currently my research is on modelling the impact of pests to honeybee populations.
Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are a commercially important pollinator species and the most common bee species in the world. A recent report indicated that honeybees are responsible for pollination of 70% of the most important crop species. As such the impact of honeybees has been estimated to be hundreds of billions of dollars to the global economy. I am focusing on modelling the impact of the varroa mite (Varroa destructor) on honeybee populations in GB, as well as the impact of the introduction of the honeybee preying Asian Hornet(vespa velutina) which has in the last decade invaded and thrived in France.
My previous research has been on the impact of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) on the GB pig population.