Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme


Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Mathematical Sciences

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Michael Bode
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

External supervisors

  • Dr Chris Clements, University of Bristol


Eradication is the process of driving a population down to zero - to extinction. We eradicate:

  • invasive species from islands
  • diseases from human populations
  • cancer cells from patients.

Finding every last individual in a population is expensive and difficult. The rule of thumb is that you spend 95% of your resources removing the last 5% of the population. Many of the organisms we're trying to eradicate are also difficult to observe.

In this project, we'll use experimental microcosms (i.e., populations of unicellular animals in test tubes) to create and test mathematical tools for declaring whether eradications are successful.

The study will be in collaboration with Dr Chris Clements from the University of Bristol.

Research activities

You'll be involved in laboratory work, mathematics and writing a research paper around the project.


Our goal is to test the current rules for eradication and declaring successful eradication to determine if they're effective.

Skills and experience

Skills or experience in applied and computational mathematics, calculus and optimisation theory is desirable.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.