About me

I study the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations, often with an emphasis on the role of spatial structure. I'm interested in all kinds of populations, yet currently I am focussed on malaria-spreading mosquitoes. In particular, I am researching how transgenic elements might be driven into mosquito populations to reduce their efficiency in transmitting malaria.

I use a mixture of mathematical and statistical models. Mathematical models are useful for addressing hypothetical questions, such as how will a mosquito population respond if a particular insecticide is applied in a given way. Statistical models help us to understand the fluctuations in mosquito abundance observed by field researchers.

I am currently a postdoctoral research assistant at the Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford. I live in East Oxford with my girlfriend Bodil, our son Atticus, the cat Nima, and lots of these. Before moving to Oxford, I undertook my PhD in the Metapopulation Research Group, of the University of Helsinki.

 

 

Email: ace.northzoo.ox.ac.uk

Publications

Modelling the spread of a Homing-Endonuclease Gene in a mosquito population
North, A., Burt, A. and Godfray, H.C.J.

Journal of Applied Ecology (published online 23 July 2013)

Modelling the control of mosquito-borne diseases (Book chapter)
North, A. and Hancock, P.

In: Ecology of parasite-vector interactions (edited by Takken, W. and Koenraadt, J.M.) pp 181-196. Wageningen Academic Publishers

Local adaptation in a changing world: The roles of gene-flow,
mutation, and sexual reproduction
North, A., Pennanen, J., Ovaskainen, O. and Laine, A-L.

Evolution Volume 65, Issue 1, pages 7989, January 2011

Multiple evolutionary responses of dispersal behaviour to habitat loss
North, A., Cornell, S. and Ovaskainen, O.

Evolution Volume 65, Issue 6, pages 17391751, June 2011

Interactions between dispersal, competition, and landscape heterogeneity
North, A. and Ovaskainen, O.

Oikos, Volume 116, Number 7, July 2007