Professor Andy White

Tel: 0131 451 3222
Email: A.R.White{AT}

I am a Professor in the Mathematics Department of Heriot-Watt University where I have worked since 1999. I have a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Liverpool, an MSc in Nonlinear Dynamics from the University of Bath and a PhD in Theoretical Ecology from the University of Liverpool. I spent 1996-1999 at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology in Edinburgh, as a higher scientific officer in the Global Ecosystem Modelling section.

My research interests focus on modelling ecological systems. This involves interdisciplinary collaborations with ecologists who provide expertise on the specific ecological systems and ensure that relevant ecological issues are being addressed.

Current research interests include:

If you are interested in a PhD applying mathematics to ecological problems then please get in touch. Funding may be available for top UK and EU students.

Recent publications (approx last 3 Years)

  • Reynolds, J.J.H., Massey, F.P., Lambin, X., Reidinger, S., Sherratt, J.A., Smith, M.J., White, A. and Hartley, S.E. 2012. Delayed induced silica defences in grasses and their potential for destabilising herbivore population dynamics. Oecologia. 170 445 - 456. PDF COPY

  • Best, A., Long, G., White, A. and Boots, M. 2012. The implications of immunopathology for parasite evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 279 3234 - 3240. PDF COPY

  • Boots, M., White, A., Best, A., Bowers, R.G. 2012. The Importance of Who Infects Whom: The Evolution of Diversity in Host Resistance to Infectious Disease. Ecology Letters. 15 1104-11. PDF COPY Supp Inf

  • Strauss, A., White, A. and Boots, M. 2012. Invading with biological weapons: the importance of disease-mediated invasions. Functional Ecology. 26 1249-1261. PDF COPY

  • Taylor, R.A., Sherratt, J.A. and White, A. 2013. Seasonal Forcing and Multi-year Cycles in Interacting Populations: Lessons from a Predator-Prey Model. Journal of Mathematical Biology. 67 1741-1764. PDF COPY.

  • Donnelly, R.A., Best, A., White, A., and Boots, M. 2013. Seasonality selects for more acutely virulent parasites when virulence is density dependent. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 280 1751. PDF COPY Supp Inf

  • Reynolds, J.J.H., Sherratt, J.A., White, A. and Lambin, X., 2013. A comparison of the dynamical impact of seasonal mechanisms in a herbivore-plant defence system. Theoretical Ecology. 6 225-239. PDF COPY

  • Boots, M., Donnelly, R. and White, A. 2013. Optimal immune defence in the light of variation in lifespan. Parasite Immunology. 35 331-338. PDF COPY

  • Taylor, R.A., White, A. and Sherratt, J.A. 2013. How do variations in seasonality affect population cycles? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 280 1754. PDF COPY.

  • Reynolds, J.J.H., Sherratt, J.A. and White, A. 2013. Stability switches as the length of a time delay increases in a host-pathogen model. Journal of Nonlinear Science. 23 1073-1087. PDF COPY.

  • Best, A., Tidbury, H., White, A. and Boots, M. 2013. The evolutionary dynamics of within-generation immune priming in invertebrate hosts. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. ( PDF COPY.

  • Best, A., White, A. and Boots, M. 2014. The coevolutionary implications of host tolerance. Evolution. 68 1426-1435. PDF COPY.

  • Boots, M., White, A., Best, A., and Bowers, R.G. 2014. How specificity and epidemiology drive the coevolution of static trait diversity in hosts and parasites. Evolution. 68 1594-1606. PDF COPY Supp Inf

  • White, A., Bell, S.S., Lurz, P.W.W. and Boots, M. 2014. Conservation management within strongholds in the face of disease-mediated invasions: red and grey squirrels as a case study. Journal of Applied Ecology. 51 1631-1642. PDF COPY.

  • White, A. and Lurz, P.W.W. 2014. A modelling assessment of control strategies to prevent/reduce Squirrelpox spread. SNH Commissioned Report No. 627 PDF COPY.

  • Taylor, R.A., White, A. and Sherratt, J.A. 2015. Seasonal forcing in a host-macroparasite system. Journal of Theoretical Biology 365 55-66. PDF COPY.

  • Best, A., Bowers, R.G. and White, A. 2015. Evolution, the loss of diversity and the role of trade-offs. Mathematical Biosciences 264 86-93. PDF COPY.

  • Lurz, P.W.W., White, A., Meredith, A., McInnes, C. and Boots, M. 2015. Living with pox project: Forest management for areas affected by squirrelpox virus Forestry Commission Scotland Commissioned Report PDF COPY.

  • White, A., Jones, H.E., Lurz, P.W.W and Boots, M. 2015. A modelling assessment of the population dynamics of red squirrels in the Kidland and Uswayford forest, Northumbria, in relation to proposed forest design plans. Forestry Commission Report PDF COPY.

  • Davies, S.J., Cavers, S., Finegan, B., White, A., Breed, M.F. & Lowe, A.J. 2015. Pollen flow in fragmented landscapes maintains genetic diversity following stand-replacing disturbance in a neotropical pioneer tree, Vochysia ferruginea Mart. Heredity 115 125-129. PDF COPY.

  • Donnelly, R., White, A., & Boots, M. 2015. The epidemiological feedbacks critical to the evolution of host immunity. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28 2042-2053PDF COPY.

  • White, A., Lurz, P.W.W., Jones, H.E., Boots, M., Bryce, J., Tonkin, M., Ramoo, K., Bamforth, L. & Jarrott, A. (2015). The use of mathematical models in red squirrel conservation: Assessing the threat from grey invasion and disease to the Fleet basin stronghold. In: Red Squirrels: Ecology, Conservation & Management in Europe. C.M. Shuttleworth, P.W.W. Lurz & Warrington-Hayward, M. eds. Red Squirrel Survival Trust .

  • Macpherson, M., Davidson, R.S., Duncan, D.B., Lurz, P.W.W., Jarrott, A. & White, A., 2016. Incorporating habitat distribution in wildlife disease models: conservation implications for the threat of squirrelpox on the Isle of Arran. Animal Conservation PDF COPY.


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