Our new paper about size-dependent encounter rates between microbes and their predators is now published at Frontiers in Marine Science. I wrote a summary here.
Was on hand to discuss the Science.Art.Wonder project today (and on 23/03/2019 at the Atlanta Science Festival) with Emily Madsen. One piece "Submerged" explores the capacity for viruses to affect marine ecosystems; whilst the second, "Through a different Model" focuses on the process and art of modelling using a size-structured phytoplankton model I am developing as an example.
Curated the @biotweeps twitter account for a week where I enthused about modelling and marine viruses!
I have been promoted to Research Scientist I at Georgia Tech.
Hosted Emily Madsen in the WeitzLab to discuss communicating my research through art as part of the Science.Art.Wonder project.
I gave a talk at the SCOPE annual meeting titled: "Diel with it: Data-model comparisons of diel ecological oscillations around station ALOHA".
I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta.
I presented "Viral Lysis vs. Grazing: perspectives on phytoplankton mortality” at the 5th Georgia Tech Postdoctoral Research Symposium.
Our new paper on modelling the robustness of dilution based estimates of rates of viral-induced mortality is now published in Frontiers in Microbiology. I wrote a summary here.
I am a Research Scientist in the in the Weitz lab at Georgia Tech. I use mathematical and computational methods to investigate and solve ecological and environmental problems. In this sense, I like to term myself a computational ecologist. My current research interests lie in investigating the ecology of aquatic microbial communities. Previously, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Mathematics from the University of Leeds in 2010, an MRes in Mathematics in the Living Environment from the University of York in 2011 and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Exeter in 2015. During my masters program I completed a research internship with the Computational Science Lab at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.
I believe one step towards making science more available in general, is to provide free and open access to research materials. I do not agree with the predominantly expensive open access options provided by many publishers, but am a strong advocate of making pre/post-prints of my research available. If I write a paper, I would sure like to make it as easy as possible, for as many people as possible, to be able to read and use the information discovered! Specific journal policies on this matter can be found using SHERPA/RoMEO.
In my spare time I enjoy being in the great outdoors, especially on the coast. Some of the other things I like to do are playing the harmonica (badly), reading books and playing computer games. Chances are, I am thinking about the sea right now.
There are estimated to be over 1030 viruses of prokaryotic bacteria, known as bacteriophage or just phage, in the worlds oceans (Suttle, 2005) which makes them an important component of the global marine ecosystem and ocean biogeochemistry. However, much is unknown about the strengths of these interactions and the coevolutionary processes that mediate community structure and dynamics of microbial ecosystems. Better understanding of how these processes influence one another on the small scale e.g. in chemostats or flasks, may lay down the foundations for embedding virus population models into circulation models of oceanic sizes - which may further inform about how viruses can control biogeochemical cycling.
Bipartite network analysis
The infection pattern between phage and bacteria is an example of a bipartite (two mode) network. Finding and attempting to understand the structures in these types of networks can help explain how communities organise and behave. I have a keen interest in the patterns of nestedness (a generalist to specialist gradient of overlapping range) and modularity (communities formed between the two sets of nodes). These concepts have been largely applied to ecological datasets - but there are many other types of bipartite networks out there where these analyses could prove useful.
The categories below highlight my publications, software and other research outputs. Click on a category to expand or contract it. I try my best to provide open access to all my research, but please email me if you are finding it hard to access something I've published. You may also be interested in viewing my Google Scholar and ResearchGate profiles.