For my DPhil project, I’ll be exploring an uncharted intersection of mathematics and ecology. This will involve understanding how abstract mathematical ideas which study notions of shape and structure (specifically those from algebraic topology and algebraic geometry) may be used to understand patterns underlying the way in which communities of mammals coexist, and how they respond to various human and environmental factors. The setting for this research will be across countries in Southeast Asia ranging from Nepal to Borneo, studying the data sets which have been gathered from the thousands of camera traps in this region.
I graduated in 2019 studying mathematics at Oxford, and started my DPhil in the same year as a project jointly with Oxford’s Mathematical Institute and WildCRU, with the help of the Pembroke College-Mathematical Institute scholarship. Throughout my life I have felt a deep love and concern for the natural world, and so I feel very grateful to be involved with WildCRU on this project.