The current threat of ash dieback and the devastation to the countryside caused by Dutch elm disease in the 1960's and 70's will be familiar to many. Other less well known diseases continue to threaten crops in the developed and developing countries. From ash dieback to cassava diseases in Africa and global threats to wheat, this lecture will examine disease spread and control strategies.
Christopher Gilligan is Professor of Mathematical Biology and leads the Epidemiology and Modelling Group that brings together biologists, mathematicians, physicists and statisticians within the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Gilligan was born in 1953 in New Ross, Ireland. After graduating from Oxford in 1974 with a degree in Agricultural and Forest Sciences, he then went on to achieve a PHd in plant pathology before moving to Cambridge University where he has since held numerous posts such as University lecturer, Reader and Research fellow.
Chris's research within the Epidemiology and Modelling Group at Cambridge is centred on the use of mathematics and experimentation to unravel the dynamics of botanical epidemics.