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Murder, Maths and Malaria

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic Lecture/ Debate/Seminar


Steve’s research covers a wide range of subjects within evolutionary biology, including mathematical and computer models of molecular evolution. Much of his work focusses on the mathematics of spatial patterns, and in his talk he will explain how has pioneered the introduction of geographic profiling – a statistical technique originally developed in criminology to prioritise the investigation of serial murders – to biology: for example, trying to find the breeding sites of mosquitoes that spread malaria. In a talk spanning mathematics, Jack the Ripper and great white sharks, Steve will explain how he used geographic profiling to investigate the identity of the artist Banksy and how he reanalysed a Gestapo case from the 1940s that formed the basis of a famous novel.