Associate Professor Mary Myerscough

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 3724
Fax 9351 4534

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Research interests

Mathematical biology, mathematical models for atherosclerosis and carcinogenesis,self-organisation in social insects.

Mary Myerscough is a member of the Applied Mathematics Research Group.

Teaching and supervision

Timetable

Selected grants

2014

  • Mathematical models for the formation of atherosclerotic plaques; Myerscough M; DVC Research/Thompson Fellowships.

2013

  • Leadership matters: the emergence of informed leaders and their influence on group movement; Ward A, Myerscough M, Buhl J, Krause J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2011

  • Cell cooperation in cancer; Lyons G, Myerscough M; Human Frontier Science Program (France)/Research Support.

2009

  • House hunting honey bees: speed-accuracy trade-offs in collective decision-making; Beekman M, Myerscough M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • Does genetic diversity promote self organisation and task specialisation in social insects?; Oldroyd B, Myerscough M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).

2000

  • Spatial self-organisation in social insect communities.; Myerscough M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Small Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Ougrinovskaia, A., Myerscough, M., Thompson, R. (2014). Athero-protective Effects of High Density Lipoproteins (HDL): An ODE Model of the Early Stages of Atherosclerosis. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 76(5), 1117-1142. [More Information]
  • Schaerf, T., Makinson, J., Myerscough, M., Beekman, M. (2013). Do small swarms have an advantage when house hunting? The effect of swarm size on nest-site selection by Apis mellifera. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10(87), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Khoury, D., Barron, A., Myerscough, M. (2013). Modelling Food and Population Dynamics in Honey Bee Colonies. PLoS One, 8(5), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Brito, R., Schaerf, T., Myerscough, M., Heard, T., Oldroyd, B. (2012). Brood comb construction by the stingless bees Tetragonula hockingsi and Tetragonula carbonaria. Swarm Intelligence, 6, 151-176. [More Information]
  • Khoury, D., Myerscough, M., Barron, A. (2011). A Quantitative Model of Honey Bee Colony Population Dynamics. PLoS One, 6(4), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Diwold, K., Schaerf, T., Myerscough, M., Middendorf, M., Beekman, M. (2011). Deciding on the wing: In-flight decision making and search space sampling in the red dwarf honeybee Apis florea. Swarm Intelligence, 5(2), 121-141. [More Information]
  • Schaerf, T., Myerscough, M., Makinson, J., Beekman, M. (2011). Inaccurate and unverified information in decision making: a model for the nest site selection process of Apis florea. Animal Behaviour, 82(5), 995-1013. [More Information]
  • Edwards, J., Myerscough, M. (2011). Intelligent decisions from the hive mind: Foragers and nectar receivers of Apis mellifera collaborate to optimise active forager numbers. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 271(1), 64-77. [More Information]
  • Ougrinovskaia, A., Thompson, R., Myerscough, M. (2010). An ODE model of early stages of Atherosclerosis: Mechanisms of the inflammatory response. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 72(6), 1534-1561. [More Information]
  • Cameron, D., Ivers, D., Evans, T., Myerscough, M. (2008). Optimal reproduction strategies in two species of mound-building termites. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 70(1), 189-209. [More Information]
  • Lyons, G., Lobo, E., Martorana, A., Myerscough, M. (2007). Clonal diversity in carcinomas: its implications for tumour progression and the contribution made to it by epithelial-mesenchymal transitions. Clinical and Experimental Metastasis, online DOI 10.1007/s10585-007-9134-2((printed version 2008 25 (6) 665-677)), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Perdriau, B., Myerscough, M. (2007). Making good choices with variable information: a stochastic model for nest-site selection by honeybees. Biology Letters, 3(2), 140-143.
  • Graham, S., Myerscough, M., Jones, J., Oldroyd, B. (2006). Modelling the role of intracolonial genetic diversity on regulation of brood temperature in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies. Insectes Sociaux, 53(2), 226-232. [More Information]
  • Merrifield, A., Myerscough, M., Weber, N. (2006). Statistical tests for analysing directed movement of self-organising animal groups. Mathematical Biosciences, 203(1), 64-78. [More Information]
  • Jones, J., Myerscough, M., Graham, S., Oldroyd, B. (2004). Honey Bee Nest Thermoregulation: Diversity Promotes Stability. Science, 305(5682), 402-404.
  • Myerscough, M., Oldroyd, B. (2004). Simulation Models Of The Role Of Genetic Variability In Social Insect Task Allocation. Insectes Sociaux, 51(2), 146-152. [More Information]
  • Vincent, A., Myerscough, M. (2004). The Effect Of A Non-Uniform Turning Kernel On Ant Trail Morphology. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 49(4), 391-432. [More Information]
  • Cox, M., Myerscough, M. (2003). A flexible model of foraging by a honey bee colony: the effects of individual behaviour on foraging success. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 223(2), 179-197.
  • Myerscough, M. (2003). Dancing for a decision: a matrix model for nest-site choice by honeybees. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 270(1515), 577-582.
  • O'Toole, D., Robinson, P., Myerscough, M. (2003). Self-organized criticality and emergent oscillations in models of termite architecture with crowding. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 221(1), 15-27. [More Information]
  • O'Toole, D., Robinson, P., Myerscough, M. (2003). Self-organized criticality in ant brood tending. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 221(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B., Myerscough, M. (2003). Sticking to their choice - honey bee subfamilies abandon declining food sources at a slow but uniform rate. Ecological Entomology, 28(2), 233-238.

Conferences

  • Schaerf, T., Makinson, J., Myerscough, M., Beekman, M. (2010). Making a Decision in Spite of the Noise: Nest-Site Selection by Apis Florea. XVI Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects IUSSI 2010, Denmark: International Union for the Study of Social Insects.

2014

  • Ougrinovskaia, A., Myerscough, M., Thompson, R. (2014). Athero-protective Effects of High Density Lipoproteins (HDL): An ODE Model of the Early Stages of Atherosclerosis. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 76(5), 1117-1142. [More Information]

2013

  • Schaerf, T., Makinson, J., Myerscough, M., Beekman, M. (2013). Do small swarms have an advantage when house hunting? The effect of swarm size on nest-site selection by Apis mellifera. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10(87), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Khoury, D., Barron, A., Myerscough, M. (2013). Modelling Food and Population Dynamics in Honey Bee Colonies. PLoS One, 8(5), 1-7. [More Information]

2012

  • Brito, R., Schaerf, T., Myerscough, M., Heard, T., Oldroyd, B. (2012). Brood comb construction by the stingless bees Tetragonula hockingsi and Tetragonula carbonaria. Swarm Intelligence, 6, 151-176. [More Information]

2011

  • Khoury, D., Myerscough, M., Barron, A. (2011). A Quantitative Model of Honey Bee Colony Population Dynamics. PLoS One, 6(4), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Diwold, K., Schaerf, T., Myerscough, M., Middendorf, M., Beekman, M. (2011). Deciding on the wing: In-flight decision making and search space sampling in the red dwarf honeybee Apis florea. Swarm Intelligence, 5(2), 121-141. [More Information]
  • Schaerf, T., Myerscough, M., Makinson, J., Beekman, M. (2011). Inaccurate and unverified information in decision making: a model for the nest site selection process of Apis florea. Animal Behaviour, 82(5), 995-1013. [More Information]
  • Edwards, J., Myerscough, M. (2011). Intelligent decisions from the hive mind: Foragers and nectar receivers of Apis mellifera collaborate to optimise active forager numbers. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 271(1), 64-77. [More Information]

2010

  • Ougrinovskaia, A., Thompson, R., Myerscough, M. (2010). An ODE model of early stages of Atherosclerosis: Mechanisms of the inflammatory response. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 72(6), 1534-1561. [More Information]
  • Schaerf, T., Makinson, J., Myerscough, M., Beekman, M. (2010). Making a Decision in Spite of the Noise: Nest-Site Selection by Apis Florea. XVI Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects IUSSI 2010, Denmark: International Union for the Study of Social Insects.

2008

  • Cameron, D., Ivers, D., Evans, T., Myerscough, M. (2008). Optimal reproduction strategies in two species of mound-building termites. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 70(1), 189-209. [More Information]

2007

  • Lyons, G., Lobo, E., Martorana, A., Myerscough, M. (2007). Clonal diversity in carcinomas: its implications for tumour progression and the contribution made to it by epithelial-mesenchymal transitions. Clinical and Experimental Metastasis, online DOI 10.1007/s10585-007-9134-2((printed version 2008 25 (6) 665-677)), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Perdriau, B., Myerscough, M. (2007). Making good choices with variable information: a stochastic model for nest-site selection by honeybees. Biology Letters, 3(2), 140-143.

2006

  • Graham, S., Myerscough, M., Jones, J., Oldroyd, B. (2006). Modelling the role of intracolonial genetic diversity on regulation of brood temperature in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies. Insectes Sociaux, 53(2), 226-232. [More Information]
  • Merrifield, A., Myerscough, M., Weber, N. (2006). Statistical tests for analysing directed movement of self-organising animal groups. Mathematical Biosciences, 203(1), 64-78. [More Information]

2004

  • Jones, J., Myerscough, M., Graham, S., Oldroyd, B. (2004). Honey Bee Nest Thermoregulation: Diversity Promotes Stability. Science, 305(5682), 402-404.
  • Myerscough, M., Oldroyd, B. (2004). Simulation Models Of The Role Of Genetic Variability In Social Insect Task Allocation. Insectes Sociaux, 51(2), 146-152. [More Information]
  • Vincent, A., Myerscough, M. (2004). The Effect Of A Non-Uniform Turning Kernel On Ant Trail Morphology. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 49(4), 391-432. [More Information]

2003

  • Cox, M., Myerscough, M. (2003). A flexible model of foraging by a honey bee colony: the effects of individual behaviour on foraging success. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 223(2), 179-197.
  • Myerscough, M. (2003). Dancing for a decision: a matrix model for nest-site choice by honeybees. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 270(1515), 577-582.
  • O'Toole, D., Robinson, P., Myerscough, M. (2003). Self-organized criticality and emergent oscillations in models of termite architecture with crowding. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 221(1), 15-27. [More Information]
  • O'Toole, D., Robinson, P., Myerscough, M. (2003). Self-organized criticality in ant brood tending. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 221(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B., Myerscough, M. (2003). Sticking to their choice - honey bee subfamilies abandon declining food sources at a slow but uniform rate. Ecological Entomology, 28(2), 233-238.

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