Laith Yakob | MERG

Laith Yakob

Laith's research used mathematical models to investigate strategies to control pest populations by releasing sterile males.  He examined the feasibility of a sterile male method to prevent the spread of an invasive freshwater crustacean.  Several studies expanded on current understanding of the Sterile Insect Technique and related genetic control strategies, exploring spatial aspects such as target area size, release patterns and population aggregation, and investigating the importance of including life stages, density-dependence and demographic stochasticity.



DPhil student


Thesis (2008): Mathematical modelling of novel pest control strategies


Project: genetic insect control


Photo credit: D Nimmo, Oxitec