Mike Bonsall


Department of Zoology
South Parks Rd

Professor of Mathematical Biology

Mike Bonsall is a population biologist and has research interests across range of disciplines including biodiversity, ecology, evolution, health and economics.

Work in his group combines quantitative and empirical approaches to addressing cross-disciplinary questions such as evaluating cost effectiveness of different strategies for disease control, approaches for assessing biodiversity and the role of uncertainty in dynamics of populations.

Of particular relevance to food are his research interests on linking quantitative methods in understanding the ecology, dynamics and cost-effectiveness of control invention methods for insect pests.  He is a member of the DEFRA Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment and has worked with WHO, FNIH and the EU in developing guidance frameworks for the use of novel biotechnological approaches for pest and vector control.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Alphey, N., L. Alphey and M.B. Bonsall (2011) A model framework to estimate impact and cost of genetic-based sterile insect methods for dengue vector control. PloS One, 6, e25384.

Pavoine, S. and M.B. Bonsall (2011) Measuring biodiversity to explain community assembly: a unified approach. Biological Reviews, 86, 792-812.

Alphey, N., M.B. Bonsall and L. Alphey (2009) Combining pest control and resistance management: synergy of engineered insects with Bt crops. Journal of Economic Entomology, 102, 717-732.

Yakob, L. and M.B. Bonsall (2009) The importance of space and competition in optimizing genetic control strategies. Journal of Economic Entomology, 102, 50-57.