Michael Plank

Associate ProfessorMichael Plank

EMTH Co-ordinator
Jack Erskine 614
Internal Phone: 92462

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My research is in mathematical modelling, particularly in ecology and physiology. The motivation for this research comes from real-world problems and the emphasis is on qualitative mathematical models that capture the essential behaviour of a particular phenomenon. I have research interests in a variety of applications: ecology and exploitation of fish communities; collective cell behaviour; complex ecological networks; invasive species; epidemiology; animal movement; neurovascular coupling. My research uses methods from a range of areas in mathematics including: dynamical systems; partial differential equations; perturbation theory; stochastic processes; and data science.

Recent Publications

  • Browning AP., McCue SW., Binny RN., Plank MJ., Shah ET. and Simpson MJ. (2018) Inferring parameters for a lattice-free model of cell migration and proliferation using experimental data. Journal of Theoretical Biology 437: 251-260. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.10.032.
  • Mathias EJ., Kenny A., Plank MJ. and David T. (2018) Integrated models of neurovascular coupling and BOLD signals: Responses for varying neural activations.. NeuroImage 174: 69-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.03.010.
  • Mohd MH., Murray R., Plank MJ. and Godsoe W. (2018) Effects of different dispersal patterns on the presence-absence of multiple species. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation 56: 115-130. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cnsns.2017.07.029.
  • Plank MJ., Allen MS., Nims R. and Ladefoged TN. (2018) Inferring fishing intensity from contemporary and archaeological size-frequency data. Journal of Archaeological Science 93: 42-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2018.01.011.
  • Edwards AM., Robinson JPW., Plank MJ., Baum JK. and Blanchard JL. (2017) Testing and recommending methods for fitting size spectra to data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8(1): 57-67. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12641.