Our Research 

Members of the School are engaged in research across a broad range of areas within mathematics, statistics, and data science. The School hosts the Biomathematics Research Centre as well as the Combinatorics, Geometry, and Number Theory (COGENT) research group. Several members of the School are closely involved with Te Pūnaha Matatini, a national Centre of Research Excellence which was recently refunded. Specific details of individual member’s research interests are highlighted below. An individual’s publications are available as part of the UC Research Profile.

Research Interests

Brendan Creutz

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Number Theory
- Algebraic Geometry
- Computational Algebra

Alex Gavryushkin

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Biological Data Science

Mark Hickman

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Invariance under groups
- Method of equivalence
- Geometric Moments
- Symmetries of differential ...

Alex James

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Biological modelling

Ngin-Tee Koh

Senior Lecturer
Research Interests:
Research interest is complex function theory.

Jeanette McLeod

Senior Lecturer
Research Interests:
Combinatorics; in particular asymptotic enumeration, Latin squares, graph colouring and random graphs

Clemency Montelle

Head of Department
Fields of Research:
- History and philosophy of mathematics
- Preparation, translation and commentary of ancient ...

Miguel Moyers Gonzalez

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
- Hydrodynamic stability of complex fluids
- Computational ...

Rua Murray

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Dynamical systems and ergodic theory
- Mathematical physiology
- Energy and transport
- Maximum ...

Michael Plank

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Mathematical modelling of complex biological and social systems
- Ecological and social ...

Christopher Price

Associate Professor
Deputy Head of School
Fields of Research:
- Direct search methods in Optimization
- Global optimisation
- Applications of optimisation in ...

Charles Semple

Professor
Research Interests:
Combinatorics, phylogenetics, matroid theory

Mike Steel

Distinguished Professor
Fields of Research:
- Algorithms
- Bioinformatics
- Combinatorics
- Discrete and stochastic models
- Mathematical ...

Gunter Steinke

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Automorphism groups of geometries
- Circle geometries and generalized quadrangles
- Finite ...

Chris Stevens

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Black holes and gravitational waves
- Initial boundary value problems for Einstein’s field ...

Rachael Tappenden

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Optimization
- Numerical linear algebra

Geertrui Van de Voorde

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Finite projective geometry
- Coding theory
- Graph theory

Felipe Voloch

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Number Theory, Algebraic Geometry, applications to Coding Theory, Cryptography

Phillip Wilson

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Fluid mechanics
- Public outreach
- Philosophy of mathematics
- Modelling geophysical ...

Jennifer Brown

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Animal population assessment
- Ecological statistics
- Environmental monitoring
- Experimental ...

Fabian Dunker

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Statistical Inverse Problems
- Nonparametric Statistics
- Econometrics

Giulio Dalla Riva

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Data Scientific approaches to Complex Networks
- Analysis and Modelling of Ecological ...

Gabor Erdelyi

Senior Lecturer

Daniel Gerhard

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Nonlinear models
- Hierarchical models
- Simultaneous inference
- Model selection

Heyang (Thomas) Li

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Classification Trees
- Deep Learning
- Image Classification and Regression
- X-ray CT Image ...

Elena Moltchanova

Professor
Head of the Statistics Consulting Unit
Fields of Research:
- Applied Bayesian spatio-temporal modelling
- Epidemiology
- Modelling of extreme ...

Marco Reale

Associate Professor
Financial Engineering Co-ordinator
Fields of Research:
- Time series analysis
- Statistical learning
- Stochastic optimization
- Econometrics

Blair Robertson

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Numerical Optimization
- Data Mining
- Sampling Theory
- Computational Mathematics and ...

Varvara Vetrova

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Applied statistics
- Machine learning
- Deep Learning
- Spatio-temporal data
- Seasonal climate ...

Collaborations