Dr Colin Torney

School of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Glasgow

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology and Ecology in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow.

I completed my PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics in 2009, under the supervision of Zoltan Neufeld at University College, Dublin. I also hold a Masters degree in Engineering from Liverpool University and an MSc in Computational Science from UCD.

After my PhD I spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher working with Iain Couzin and Simon Levin in the EEB department at Princeton University. Then from 2013 to 2016, I was a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Exeter, working in the Centre for Mathematics and the Environment

My background is in mathematics and high performance computing but I now have a strong applied focus in the areas of collective animal behaviour and theoretical ecology. I'm most interested in social information use and collective decision-making, and the influence of these factors on larger scale ecological processes.

In previous roles, I have been a software developer for a financial risk company, a risk analyst for a multi-national hedgefund, and an English and I.T. teacher in Pangani, Tanzania.