PhD topic title: More or less: understanding the trade-offs of increased resolution and complexity in environmentally-extended trade models.
PhD supervisors: Dr Jon Pitchford and Dr Simon Croft
Biography and research
My background is in mathematics, having completed my MMath degree at the University of York (2017-2021), where I focused on a variety of applied topics from several areas of mathematical biology and physics. I am always keen to find applications of mathematical ideas to new and interesting problems, particularly when these applications are surprising.
My research concerns the impact of trade on biodiversity, and how this can be understood in an actionable way. For example, it may be apparent that trade in a particular commodity is affecting species populations in some region, however it may not be clear how best to respond to this. Hence a mathematically robust model is needed, so that any policy decisions are well-informed. Further, it is useful to consider whether making trade models more detailed will add useful information in terms of decision-making, or if less detailed models are sufficient.