Flowers in Linton Quad

Prof Michael Bonsall

Fellow and Tutor in Biological Sciences

Professor of Mathematical Biology

I am Fellow and Tutor in Biological Sciences and Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology. I joined St Peters in 2005 and previous to this completed my undergraduate degree, PhD and held a Royal Society research fellowship within the Department of Biological Sciences at Imperial College London.


In college I teach ecology, evolution and quantitative methods. We share teaching of other subjects with tutors and lecturers at other colleges. In the Department I currently give classes on the first year quantitative methods course to introduce students to mathematical biology, give lectures on the first and second year ecology courses and a third year module on theoretical epidemiology and public health. I also teach on the BBSRC, EPRSC and NERC funded doctoral training programmes and for the Blavatnik School.


My research focuses on applications of mathematics to problems in the life sciences (and beyond). In detail, I am interested in population biology (population dynamics, community ecology, evolutionary ecology). Research in the group focuses on a wide range of questions such as the population and evolutionary dynamics of life history strategies (e.g. the evolution of longevity), the role of spatial structure on shared enemy and competing enemy interactions, the effects of enrichment on the diversity of ecological communities, the interplay between noise and dynamics in multispecies interactions and the evolution of resistance to microbes. Many of these projects involve the development of theoretical models in conjunction with experiments or observations in the field or laboratory. To this end, we aim to test different ecological and evolutionary ecology theories by fitting relevant mathematical models to appropriate ecological experimental (or observational) data. Further details of my research interests can be found here.