Dr Nina Alphey
Nina Alphey is a member of the Mathematical Ecology Research Group at the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, where she obtained her DPhil in 2009. Nina's research focus is on novel genetics-based methods of controlling pest populations, particularly insect vectors of human or animal diseases and agricultural pest insects. She develops interdisciplinary mathematical models, combining ecological aspects (such as competition among mosquito larvae), and genetic issues (such as heritable resistance to engineered genetic constructs), coupled with bio-economic models (e.g. effect of mosquito population density on the prevalence and burden of disease) to test relevant hypotheses and identify key factors that could influence the potential impact of such strategies. This work has synergies with the interests of both the Integrative Entomology group and the Arthropod Genetics group.
Nina undertakes a range of policy, outreach and public engagement activities. She created an online game, where players plan a strategy to reduce mosquito numbers in order to control a disease problem. This has been enjoyed by a range of audiences from school students, and public meetings in pubs, through to Fellows of the Royal Society and members of the House of Lords.