Originally from Blackburn, I graduated from the University of Manchester with an MMath in Mathematics. I carried out my PhD at the same university, wherein my thesis covered a range of research topics – in graph theory, cellular automata, Boolean networks, and the modelling of asynchronous processes, particularly via max-min-plus algebra.
As of 2016, I am a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Portsmouth. Prior to this, I spent over three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading and the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford. My research is varied and exciting, but it generally involves maths that helps us to gain a better understanding of complex systems and human behaviour. I have always been interested in complex systems, and am grateful to Peter Grindrod who introduced me to the mathematics of human behaviour at Reading. For more information, visit the website of the Reading group: http://www.reading.ac.uk/cmohb/.
Together with Andrew Irving, I am a co-founder of The Bees, an ambitious writing group aiming to promote the understanding and enjoyment of mathematical techniques. Please check out the current progress of The Bees here. Andrew and I met as fellow PhD students at the University of Manchester, from where we graduated with doctorates in July 2012. Andrew’s blog can be found here.