I’m a Full Professor at the Department of Mathematics and a tier-1 South African Research Chair in Mathematical Biosciences. I’m co-affiliated with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town, a core-tem member of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB), and a trustee of the International Initiative for Theoretical Ecology (IITE) in London. My research is situated at the interface between mathematics and biosciences. My main interest is proposing models and theories for explaining emerging spatiotemporal patterns in ecology. Ecology studies biodiversity in its variety and complexity. As ecological processes are highly complex and adaptive, I rely on the simplicity of mathematical language. My recent research focuses include unifying the scaling patterns of different biodiversity dimensions and currencies, and modelling the structure and function emergence of ecological networks, especially in face of global change drivers such as climate change and biological invasions.
Invasive Alien Species assessment-Review editor