Jessica Purcell

Professor Jessica Purcell works on the interplay of hyperbolic geometry and 3-dimensional manifolds. In this SMRI interview, she describes the open questions she’s investigating and how her interest in mathematical knots began.

The video also features her University of Sydney collaborator Professor Stephan Tillmann.

Bronwyn Hajek

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek, applied mathematician at the University of South Australia, describes how she is motivated by the quest to solve tricky, obscure, unsolved partial differential equations.

Bronwyn has a particular focus on the use of Lie symmetry techniques to construct analytic solutions of nonlinear reaction-diffusion equations. She is motivated by many areas of application, including biological invasions, cell biology, viscous flow, and physical chemistry. Bronwyn has been involved in mathematical breakthroughs such as solving the Arrhenius reaction-diffusion equation and models for calcium fertilisation waves. 

Jared Field

Dr Jared Field, Mckenzie Fellow in Mathematics at the University of Melbourne, describes how mathematics and biology intersect.

Jared uses mathematics to understand questions in evolution, such as human longevity, why we sleep, how animals deal with risk, and the evolutionary biology of Indigenous kinship rules. His research incorporates life-history theory, evolutionary game theory, mathematical ecology and Bayesian decision theory.

Anna Romanov

Mathematician Dr Anna Romanov (Visiting Researcher, Sydney Mathematical Research Institute) discusses her research and path in mathematics, as well as how an undergraduate project of hers caught the eye of xkcd’s Randall Munro.

Nancy Scherich

Dr Nancy Scherich (Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, North Carolina) discusses her research on braids, life as an early career researcher, and her experience combining mathematics with her love of dance. Dr Scherich was the 2017 winner of the Dance your PhD competition.

Nancy Reid

In the era of big data and machine learning, everybody is trying to extract the best quality information from their data. It’s a complicated task, but one statisticians have been working on for more than a century, long before anyone could even conceive of Facebook or Google. This is the field in which Professor Nancy …

Syarifah Nordin

Have you ever been driving down the highway and found yourself stuck behind a slow-moving car, blocking an otherwise fast-moving lane? When this happens to Dr Syarifah Nordin, Senior Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, her mind jumps to mathematics. Dr Nordin works in operations research, the mathematics of decision-making. It uses a combination of analysis, …

Gwyn Bellamy

Dr Gwyn Bellamy is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, and is among the first visitors through SMRI’s International Visitor Program. Hailing from a small village on the Welsh coast, the school-aged Bellamy made the decision of where to study maths on a cattle showground, at a university careers fair in the village of Carmarthen.