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Natasha Ellison

Title: Postdoctoral Associate

Dr Natasha Ellison is a postdoctoral associate in the area of mathematical ecology. Natasha is interested in using mathematics to describe and understand more about ecological processes, in particular those that change through both space and time such as animals moving around their landscape.

Prior to working at Mississippi State Natasha obtained a Bsc in Mathematics from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Msc in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Liverpool. After this Natasha trained as a mathematics teacher and taught ages 11-18 for three years before starting her research career.

Natasha gained her PhD in mathematical ecology in 2021 at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Potts and Prof Ben Hatchwell. The project used mathematical modelling techniques to understand the behavioral drivers behind the space use patterns of flocks of long-tailed tits, a common UK passerine.

Whilst at Sheffield Natasha taught a number of undergraduate classes in mathematics and lectured a course on spatial patterns in mathematical biology. Outside of research and teaching Natasha devotes time to outreach and public engagement and has given a number of public talks in the UK. Specific outreach projects have included short documentary films, visiting schools and leading the Turing Pattern Project - a national initiative to encourage children to enjoy mathematics.

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