Mathematics and Statistics
Professor of Mathematical biology and education
Research: I spend my research time either as a theoretical biologist (modeling behaviour, inclusive fitness, evolutionary stability) or as a math educator (developing curriculum, both at the high school and university level). All this involves lots of beautiful math, so I'm pretty happy with my work.
My current interests are in evolutionary game theory, all the way from haploid organisms interacting on an evolutionary graph, to games like prisoner’s dilemma and the ultimatum game that we humans find ourselves playing.
Teaching: I want my students to have fun with the material, to let loose, take risks, and find themselves flying through an awesomely beautiful universe. At the same time I want them to understand that mathematics offers them enormous technical power, the possibility of some effective control over the small universe of ideas they are engaged with, and a sense of real independence, of being in the driver's seat.
Course topics: Linear algebra, engineering calculus, teacher education, mathematical modelling