Dr Jon W Pitchford
Senior Lecturer

Profile

Career

2009 - Senior lecturer in mathematical ecology Departments of Biology and Mathematics, University of York
2001 - 2008 Lecturer in mathematical ecology Departments of Biology and Mathematics, University of York
1999 - 2000 Postdoc in population dynamics Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds
1997 - 1998 Postdoc in computer-aided learning School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
1993 - 1997 PhD Applied Mathematics School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
 1989 - 1992  BSc Mathematics University of Nottingham

Research

Overview

The living world is an uncertain place. We have an innate tendency to hope these random fluctuations will magically average out, letting us arrive at a simple deterministic understanding. I am interested in situations where this doesn’t work. I use simple mathematical models and clever collaborators, applying methods from dynamical systems and stochastic processes together with computer simulations.

Current interests include: individual-based models (IBMS) of growth, competition and foraging in marine and terrestrial systems; marine reserves and evolutionary fisheries management; evolution under uncertainty; plankton dynamics; terrestrial carbon dynamics in complex food webs; epidemiology; group movement; wind farms and dead birds; kitchen sinks.

Discoveries

Getting lucky can be better than being good.

Projects

  • Fisheries induced adaptive change (FishACE) (Funding body: EU Marie Curie Training Network)
  • Stochastic differential equation models of plant growth and competition (Funding body: BBSRC)
  • Individual-based models of stock assessment and fisheries management: quantifying the importance of space and uncertainty in ecosystem based approaches (Funding body: NERC Industrial CASE award with CEFAS Lowestoft)
  • Levy processes and population dynamics (Funding body: EPSRC and CEFAS Lowestoft)
  • End-to-end models for marine ecosystems and fisheries dynamics (Funding body: CEFAS Lowestoft)

Research group(s)

StatusNameProject
Post doctoral fellow Dr Mark Preston Stochastic models of foraging and evolution in complex environments
Research student Celina Wong End-to-end models for marine ecosystems and fisheries dynamics
Research student Chris West Individual-based models of stock assessment and fisheries management: quantifying the importance of space and uncertainty in ecosystem based approaches (with Dr C. Dytham and Dr D. Righton (CEFAS))
Research student Jenny Burrow Levy processes and population dynamics applied to fish and fisheries (with Dr J. Horwood, CEFAS)
Research student Simon Croft Stochastic differential equation models of plant growth and competition (with Dr A. Hodge)
Research student Simon Croft Modelling bird flocks and collisions with wind turbines (with Dr A. J. Wood (York) and R. Budgey (FERA))
Dr Jon W Pitchford

Contact details

Dr Jon W Pitchford
Senior lecturer
Department of Biology
University of York
PO Box 373
York
YO10 5YW

Tel: 01904 328602