Dr Colin Torney

Centre for Mathematics and the Environment

University of Exeter

About me

I am a lecturer in the Centre for Mathematics and the Environment, University of Exeter, based on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

I joined the centre in October 2013, after spending four years as a researcher with Iain Couzin and Simon Levin in the EEB department at Princeton University.

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

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.