Head of Research
Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
JCMB, The King's Buildings,
Peter Guthrie Tait Road,
EDINBURGH, EH9 3FD, Scotland, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4898
Email: Glenn Marion
Research at BioSS is focussed on the development of quantitaive methods in the biological sciences and is organised under three themes: statistics; bioinformatics; and process & systems modelling (for which I am theme leader).
This research is typically undertaken in close collaboration with scientists working on a range of applications including plant science, animal health and welfare, ecology and environment, and human health and nutrition.
As Head of Research, and with the other theme leaders in statistics and bioinfomatics, I aim to foster a creative research environment deepening interactions with the biological sciences whilst strengthening links with with colleagues in areas such as mathematics, statistics and informatics. Such collaborations are enhanced through a lively PhD studentship programme, and activities such as our joint seminar programme with the Statistics group in the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh.
My work under the Process and systems modelling research theme aims to understand the emergent properties of key biological systems using dynamic process-based models
My recent work includes development of novel moment-closures for populations close to extinction, and theoretical treatments of applications such as foraging behaviour, the impact of social hierarchy on disease persistence, and the response of species range-boundaries to spatio-temporal environmental gradients.
I am also interested in developing statistically sound approaches to parameter inference in dynamic and spatio-temporal stochastic models applied to: demography and disease in livestock and wildlife populations; agent-based systems; epidemics in homogeneous and heterogeneous crop systems; and the spread of invasive alien species.