I completed my PhD at Helsinki University in 1997. It took me a few years longer to discover that Australia has nice birds, good collaborators and excellent coffee - my first visit was in 2001 and since then I have never had a year when I wouldn't have at least visited the ANU. In 2009, I started a year-long sabbatical here, and I used some of the time to write an application that made me an Australian Laureate Fellow in 2010. So it looks like I'll be here for quite a bit longer now. For more info click here.
Being awarded an Australian Fellowship means that I am expected to devote much of my time to research - however I am always keen to hear from students who are willing to explore the interaction between mathematics and biology. I have published a book to help people with their first (and perhaps second) steps in this fun interdisciplinary field.
I am primarily a theoretician, but one who loves the outdoors. In combination it is a good life: one can visit a field site once someone else (a student, or a collaborator) has already dealt with all the boring logistics, knows the most enjoyable things to do, and has already some exciting data points to show. I call this professional parasitism, but at least some of my collaborators claim to categorize it as mutualism. I hope it's true. As a consequence, some people in my lab have been empiricists who'd like to learn how to build mathematical models of evolutionary processes, others are on the theoretical side themselves, others still are more into ecology than evolution, and so on. What is nice is that they all talk to each other - I believe the fancy word for that is synergy.
Biological adaptation under natural and anthropogenic conditions
Combining mathematical and empirical work to understand what (if anything) is optimized by evolution across various levels of biological organization. Show more detail...
Title: Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions Author(s): Sutherland, William J.; Freckleton, Robert P.; Godfray, H. Charles J.; et al. Source: Journal of Ecology Volume: 101 Issue: 1 Pages: 58-67 Published: JAN 2013 Times Cited: 24 DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12025