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Rachelle Binny

Researcher - Mathematical Modeller
Wildlife Ecology & Management
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Research interests

  • Mathematical and statistical modelling in ecology
  • Quantification of biodiversity outcomes from pest species management
  • Individual-based simulation models for collective movement
  • Spatiotemporal models of population dynamics
Publication highlights :

Binny RN, Innes J, Fitzgerald N, Pech R, James A, Price R, Gillies C, Byrom AE (2020). Long-term biodiversity trajectories for pest-managed ecological restorations: eradication versus suppression. Ecological Monographs 00(00): e01439, DOI: 10.1002/ecm.1439

Vattiato G, Plank MJ, James A, Binny RN (2021). Individual heterogeneity affects the outcome of small mammal pest eradication. Theoretical Ecology, DOI: 

Köhnke MC, Binny RN, Holland EP, James A (2020). The necessity of tailored control of irrupting pest populations driven by pulsed resources. Theoretical Ecology 13, 261–275. 

Binny RN, Plank MJ, James A (2015). Spatial moment dynamics for collective cell movement incorporating a neighbour-dependent directional bias. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 12(106): 20150228.

Professional affiliations :

2021   Committee Member (Treasurer), New Zealand Branch of Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Incorporated (ANZIAM)  

2018 - Present   Principle Investigator, Te Pūnaha Matatini (TPM), a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for complex systems and networks

2016-2017        Associate Investigator, TPM

2016                 Immediate Past Chair, TPM Whānau Committee (Emerging Scientists Network for TPM) 



University of Canterbury, NZ
Ph.D. Mathematics

University of Dundee, UK
BSc (Hons) Mathematical Biology


Vattiato G, Plant MJ, James A, Binny RN 2021. Individual heterogeneity affects the outcome of small mammal pest eradication. Theoretical Ecology: 13. 10.1002/ecm.1439.

Binny RN, Law R, Plank MJ 2020. Living in groups: Spatial-moment dynamics with neighbour-biased movements. Ecological Modelling 415. WOS:000501415400002.

Steyn N, Binny RN, Hannah K, Hendy SC, James A, Kukutai T, Lustig A, McLeod M, Plank MJ, Ridings K, Sporle A 2020. Estimated inequities in COVID-19 infection fatality rates by ethnicity for Aotearoa New Zealand New Zealand Medical Journal 133(1521): 28-39.

James A, Binny RN, Lee WG, Payne J, Stringer N, Holland EP 2019. Predicting water levels in ephemeral wetlands under climate change scenarios. Theoretical Ecology 12(4): 427-435.

Garcia-Diaz P, Prowse TAA, Anderson DP, Lurgi M, Binny RN, Cassey P 2019. A concise guide to developing and using quantitative models in conservation management. Conservation Science and Practice: 1-12.

Latham ADM, Binny RN, Norbury G 2018. National framework for predator trapping using trap-catch data. Landcare Research Contract Report ; LC3112. Landcare Research. 18 p.

Browning AP, McCue SW, Binny RN, Plank MJ, Shah ET, Simpson MJ 2018. Inferring parameters for a lattice-free model of cell migration and proliferation using experimental data. Journal of Theoretical Biology 437: 251–260.

Binny RN, James A, Plank MJ 2016. Collective cell behaviour with neighbour-dependent proliferation, death and directional bias. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 78(11): 2277–2301.

Binny RN, Haridas P, James A, Law R, Simpson MJ, Plank MJ 2016. Spatial structure arising from neighbour-dependent bias in collective cell movement. PeerJ 4: e1689. Show more


  • Principal/Associate Investigators, Te Pūnaha Matatini CoRE