Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Rachelle Binny

Rachelle Binny
Position: Researcher - Mathematical Modeller
Team: Wildlife Ecology & Management
Location: Lincoln
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640

Research Interests

Research Interests

Role at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research:

Researcher - Mathematical modelling, Wildlife Ecology and Management team, Lincoln

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

Professional affiliations / recognition:

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) 

2014-2015        Inaugural Chair, TPM Whānau Committee (Emerging Scientists Network for TPM) 

2012-2015        Marsden Fund PhD Scholarship, University of Canterbury, School of Mathematics and Statistics, NZ

2012-2015        Committee member, New Zealand Branch of Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Incorporated (ANZIAM)  

2012                 Sir James Black Award for Outstanding Achievement, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Member:    New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES)

                   New Zealand Mathematical Society (NZMS)

                   Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Incorporated (ANZIAM)  

Recent publications:

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, accepted and in production.

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 early access online, DOI: 10.1007/s12080-019-0409-4.

Holland EP, Binny RN, James A (2018). Optimal control of irrupting pest populations in a climate-driven ecosystem. PeerJ 6:e6146.

Browning AP, McCue SW, Binny RN, Plank MJ, Shah ET, Simpson MJ (2017). Inferring parameters for a lattice-free model of cell migration and proliferation using experimental data. Journal of Theoretical Biology 437: 251–260.

Holland EP, Mugford J, Binny RN, James A (2017). How herbivore browsing strategy affects whole-plant photosynthetic capacity. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 79(4): 772–787.

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.

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.

Byrom AE, Innes J, Binny RN (2016). A review of biodiversity outcomes from possum-focused pest control in New Zealand. Wildlife Research 43(3): 228–253.

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.



  • Dundee
    BSc (Hons) Mathematical Biology



  • Mathematics
  • Quantitative Ecology