Matthew Asker

Matthew Asker


From October 2021, I have been working towards obtaining my EPSRC funded PhD in Applied Mathematics titled “Evolution of Populations in Fluctuating Environments”, part of the larger EPSRC-NSF funded project “Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics of Fluctuating Populations”. Prior to this, I completed my undergraduate master’s degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester where my master’s thesis investigated the use of modified percolation in modelling the spread of COVID-19.

In my current research, I am considering the interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes in populations of bacteria, and hope to unveil a deeper understanding of how environmental variability and internal fluctuations can impact such systems. These findings are relevant to the global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and so could have implications for the clinical use of antimicrobials.


  • Organiser of the Applied Maths Postgraduate Seminar (2022-23)
  • Joint organiser of the Joint Maths PGR Seminar (2022-23)


  • MATH1005 Core Mathematics Tutor 2022-23 (4 semesters)

Research interests

  • Mathematical biology
  • Evolutionary and Population Dynamics
  • Social dynamics
  • Non-equilibrium statistical physics


  • MPhys Physics with Theoretical Physics, University of Manchester

Research groups and institutes

  • Mathematical Biology and Medicine
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Complex Systems and Processes