CABDyN Project Profiles
Sumpter’s research concerns understanding the organisation of
biological systems through the application of mathematical modelling.
The aim is to contribute to answering biological problems using novel
and interesting mathematics. His has two main areas of research, the
first being the organisation of insect societies, which shows that, in
many cases, ants follow simple ‘rules of thumb’ and can be modelled
mathematically as interacting particles. The second area is that of
population dynamics in which a central problem of ecology, that of
relating the interactions of individuals to the dynamics of the
populations of these individuals, is addressed theoretically.
details can be found at: http://www.math.uu.we/~david/web/