Claire Postlethwaite

I am an Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I was awarded my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2006, and moved to New Zealand after two years of post-docs in the USA. My background is in the area of applied dynamical systems, but my interests range from theoretical studies of differential equations to using applications of mathematics to understand animal behaviour and navigation. My research has resulted in several awards, including the New Zealand Mathematics Society Early Career Award for Mathematical Research (2011) and the University of Auckland’s Early Career Research Excellence Award (2013). I have a wide range of interests in the area of dynamical systems theory and applications to control and biological systems. I have made contributions to the dynamical systems literature in the areas of: heteroclinic cycles and networks; time-delayed feedback control; delay-differential equations; coupled cell dynamics; noise-induced dynamics; bifurcation theory. I have also worked in mathematical ecology, specializing in models of animal navigation, and animal movement and models of behaviour.

I have recently been awarded a Marsden grant for my research project "Noisy Networks: understanding how stochasticity affects mathematics models of cognitive systems". I am looking for two well-qualified students to work on PhD projects associated with this project. For more details, see the advert here.

I am currently looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a project entitled "Sprials and Heteroclinic Cycles in Rock-Paper-Scissors". For more details, see the advert here.

Contact Details

Room 303-229A
Department of Mathematics
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland
New Zealand

Phone: 64 9 3737 599 x88817
Fax: 64 9 3737 457

E-mail: c.postlethwaite@auckland.ac.nz