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
Phone: +64 3 321 9875
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Role at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research:

Postdoctoral Fellow in quantitative ecology, 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:

2016-Present    Associate Investigator, Te Pūnaha Matatini (TPM), a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for complex systems and networks

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:

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

Binny, R. N., James, A. and Plank, M. J. (2016). Collective cell behaviour with neighbour-dependent proliferation, death and directional bias. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 78: 2277-2301.

Binny, R. N., Haridas, P., James, A., Law, R., Simpson, M. J., Plank, M. J. (2016). Spatial structure arising from neighbour-dependent bias in collective cell movement. PeerJ. 4:e1689.

Binny, R. N., Plank, M. J. and James, A. (2014). Spatial moment dynamics for collective cell movement incorporating a neighbour-dependent directional bias. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 12: 20150228.

Sargent, F., Davidson, F. A., Kelly, C. L., Binny R., Christodoulides, N., Gibson, D., Johansson, E., Kozyrska, K., Lado, L.L., MacCallum, J., Montague, R., Ortmann, B., Owen, R., Coulthurst, S. J., Dupuy, L., Prescott, A. R., and Palmer, T. (2013). A synthetic system for expression of components of a bacterial microcompartment. Microbiology, 159: 2427-2436.



  • Dundee
    BSc (Hons) Mathematical Biology



  • Mathematics
  • Quantitative Ecology