Dr RYAN SHARP
Sustainable Agriculture Sciences
Ryan’s research interests are in the mathematical modelling and simulation of plant-pest/pathogen interactions, investigating both their ecological and evolutionary mechanisms. He is particularly interested in the application of these models to current agricultural/ecological issues to develop and inform farming/regulatory policy. He develops and analyses both deterministic and stochastic models mathematically and computationally in a range of programming languages, including R, Maple, MATLAB and Java. His current project is a Newton Fund project awarded by the BBSRC. The project aims to develop a system to efficiently and sustainably deploy resistant cultivars by determining where virulence to the cultivar is either absent or at suitably low levels. This will maximise the effective life of the resistant variety. We are currently applying this to the rice-bacterial blight pathosystem in Thailand and the Philippines.
- Real Time deployment of pathogen resistance genes in rice
- 2015 - PhD in Agriculture, University of Reading, UK
- 2010 - MRes in Mathematics in the Living Environment, University of York, UK
- 2009 - BSc in Mathematics with Computer Science, University of Essex, UK
MEASURES OF ESTEEM
- 2017 - Invited speaker at the 'British Applied Mathematics Colloquium'
- 2014 - Keynote speaker at the 'Feeding the future: Management of emerging whitefly-transmitted virus diseases' workshop organised by the British Council and the Spanish National Research Council (Malaga, Spain)