Britta Basse
Biomathematics Research Centre
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Chrstchurch, NEW ZEALAND
Phone: +64-3-364 2600
Fax: +64-3-364 2587
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BioMathematics Workshop, Shanghai 12-17th February 2007

Research Projects, Past and Present:

  • Modelling weeds invasion and control in New Zealand:
    Tenuously attached to the NZIMA weeds programme.
  • Cell Growth in Human Cancer Cell Lines:
    In the presence of the necessary requirements for growth, a typical plant or animal cell enters a cycle where it must double in size and completely replicate its internal structure before dividing into two identical daughter cells. A cell cluster may, after a period of time, settle into a steady size distribution. We have derived a mathematical model of the biological processes of cell growth, division and mortality. In conjunction with the Auckland Cancer Society Research Center, we aim to use this model as a basis for describing clinical tumour growth dynamics, particularly following radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
  • Pulsed Management Strategies for North Island Kokako:
    The North Island kokako, Callaeas cinerea wilsoni, is an endangered bird endemic to New Zealand. The recovery plan for this bird includes mathematically modelling the population dynamics of kokako densities. The modelling is generic in nature and can be used to compare different pulsed management strategies where intensive pest control is switched on and off over a period of 10 or 20 years. It is also used to explain the gender imbalance in some isolated populations where males outnumber females. The long term goals of the modelling will be to predict the least amount of intervention required to achieve an acceptable number of breeding adults by the year 2020.
  • Conservation issues for Endangered Species:
  • Northern Brown Kiwi, Grey Ducks.
  • Spread of the RHD Virus.
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