• Nitrate Levels in a River Catchment

    River network

    The statistical model used for nitrate levels over a river monitoring network takes account of the flow connectedness of the monitoring sites.

  • Mountain pine beetle attack

    Mountain pine beetle attack

    In collaboration with entomologists we are using mathematical models to give insight into mountain pine beetle adaptation to changing temperatures.

  • Dynkin diagrams

    Dynkin diagram

    Dynkin diagrams encode the structure of Weyl groups and Lie algebras. Their representation theory is used in many areas of mathematical physics.

  • Statistical Testing


    Bivariate contours under null and alternative hypotheses with Bonferroni boundaries illustrated.

  • Modular forms

    Tree for modular group 2

    Tree for modular group

  • Statistics with a human face

    Baby face

    Stereo-cameras can provide high resolution data on surfaces such as faces and statistical methods provide a means of analysing the shape information.

  • Interactive Illustrations using R


    The rpanel package allows highly interactive plots to be created easily in R. This can be particularly effective for creating dynamic teaching illustrations.

  • Patterns of convection in rotating spherical shell

    Thermal convection sphere

    Thermal convection in rotating spherical shell is the fundamental model of the fluid inner core of the Earth.

  • Wrinkled elastic sheets

    Equiangular spirals

    Work by Ciprian Coman illustrating equiangular spirals on wrinkled elastic sheets.

  • Graphs



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