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Ben Adams
Senior Lecturer
(Associate Professor)
Dept of Mathematical Sciences
University of Bath

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Office: 4W4.6
Email: b.adams (at)
Phone: +44(0)1225 38 6320



As a mathematical biologist I am interested in mathematics as a tool to study biological systems. These systems are often complex and multiscale. The objective is to abstract the key components and mechanisms of the system into a mathematical model. Analysis of this model can provide insights into how the system functions, lead to recommendations for system control or management and generate predictions for system behaviour. The development and analysis of these mathematical models may involve theory and techniques from diverse areas of mathematics including dynamical systems, partial differential equations, numerical methods, stochastic processes, computational simulation and statistics. A wide range of biological systems interest me. However, the majority of my research is concerned with the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases.


Smith, P, Guiver, C, Adams, B (2022) Quantifying the per-capita contribution of all components of a migratory cycle: A modelling framework. Ecological Modelling 471.

Kasprzyk-Hordern, B, Adams, B, Adewale, ID, Agunbiade, FO, Akinyemi, MI, Archer, E, Badru, FA, Barnett, J, Bishop, JJ, Di Lorenzo, M, Estrela, P, Faraway, J, Fasona, MJ, Fayomi, SA, Feil, EJ, Hyatt, LJ, Irewale, AT, Kjeldsen, T, Lasisi, AKS, Loiselle, S, Louw, TM, Metcalfe, B, Nmormah, SA, Oluseyi, TO, Smith, TR, Snyman, MC, Sogbanmu, TO, Stanton-Fraser, D, Surujlal-Naicker, S, Wilson, PR, Wolfaardt, G, Yinka-Banjo, CO (2022). Wastewater-based epidemiology in hazard forecasting and early-warning systems for global health risks. Environment International 161.

Adams, B, Walter KS, Diuk-Wasser, MA (2021) Host Specialisation, Immune Cross-Reaction and the Composition of Communities of Co-circulating Borrelia Strains. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 83.

Falcon-Lezama, JA, Santo-Luna, R, Roman-Perez, S, Martinez-Vega, RA, Herrera-Valdez, MA,Kuri-Morales, AF, Adams, B, Kuri-Morales, PA, Lopez-Cervantes, M and Ramos-Castaneda, J (2017) Analysis of spatial mobility in subjects from a dengue endemic urban locality in Morelos State, Mexico. PLoS One e0172313.

Falcon-Lezama, JA, Martinez-Vega, RA, Kuri-Morales, PA, Ramos-Castaneda, J and Adams, B (2016) Day-to-day population movement and the management of dengue epidemics. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 78:2011-2033

Gaythorpe, K and and Adams, B (2016) Disease and disaster. Optimal deployment of epidemic control facilities in a spatially heterogeneous population. Journal of Theoretical Biology 397:169-78

Adams, B.(2016) Household demographic determinants of Ebola epidemic risk.  Journal of Theoretical Biology 392:99-106.

Greenman, JV and Adams, B (2015) The exclusion problem in seasonally forced epidemiological systems. Journal of Theoretical Biology 367:49-60.

Adams, B. (2014) How mathematicians are aiding the fight against epidemics like Ebola. The Conversation 24/10/14.

Woodall, H and Adams, B (2014) Partial cross-enhancement in models for dengue epidemiology. Journal of Theoretical Biology 351: 67 - 73.

Omori, R and Adams, B (2011) Disrupting seasonality to control disease outbreaks: the case of koi herpes virus. Journal of Theoretical Biology 271: 159 - 165.

Adams, B and McHardy, A (2011) The impact of seasonal and year-round transmission regimes on the evolution of influenza A virus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278:2249-2256.

Adams, B and Boots, M (2010) How important is vertical tansmission in mosquitoes for the persistence of dengue? Insights from a mathematical model. Epidemics. 2(1):1 - 10.

Omori, R, Adams, B and Sasaki, A (2010) Coexistence conditions for strains of influenza with immune cross-reaction. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 262(1): 48-57.

McHardy, AC and Adams, B (2009) The role of genomics in tracking the evolution of influenza A virus. PLoS Pathogens.  5(10): e10000566.

Adams, B and Sasaki, A (2009) Antigenic distance and cross-immunity, invasibility and coexistence of pathogen strains in an epidemiological model with discrete antigenic space. Theoretical Population Biology. 76(3): 157 - 167.

Adams, B and Kapan, D (2009) Man Bites Mosquito: Understanding the Contribution of Human Movement to Vector-Borne Disease Dynamics. PLoS One. 4(8):e6763.

Adams, B, McHardy, AC, Lundegaard, C and Lengauer T (2008) Viral Bioinformatics.In: Frishman, D. and Valencia, A. (Eds), Modern Genome Annotation, Springer Verlag, NY.

Cha, M, Mislove, A, Adams, B and Gummadi, K (2008) Characterizing Social Cascades in Flickr. Proc. of ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Online Social Networks (WOSN), August 2008.

Adams, B and Sasaki, A (2007) Cross-immunity, invasion and coexistence of pathogen strains in epidemiological models with one-dimensional antigenic space. Mathematical Biosciences. 210(2): 680-699.

Irie, T and Adams, B (2007) Sexual dimorphism of soft body weight in adult Monetaria annulus (Family Cypraeidae). The Veliger 49(3):209-211.

Adams, B and Boots, M (2007) The influence of immune cross-reaction on phase structure in resonant solutions of a multi-strain seasonal SIR model. Journal of Theoretical Biology 248:202-211.

Adams, B, Holmes, EC, Zhang, C, Mammen, MP, Nimmannitya, S, Kalayanarooj, S and Boots, M (2006) Cross-protective immunity can account for the alternating epidemic pattern of dengue virus serotypes circulating in Bangkok. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 103:14234-14239.

Adams, B and Boots, M (2006) Modelling the relationship between antibody-dependent enhancement and immunological distance with application to dengue. Journal of Theoretical Biology 242:337-346.

Adams, B, White, A and Lenton, TM (2004). An analysis of some diverse approaches to modelling terrestrial net primary productivity. Ecological Modelling 177:352-391.

Adams, B and Carr, J (2003). Spatial pattern formation in a model of vegetation-climate feedback. Nonlinearity 16:1339-1357.

Adams, B, Carr, J, Lenton, TM and White, A (2003). One dimensional daisyworld: spatial interactions and pattern formation. Journal of Theoretical Biology 223:505-513.


Academic year 2021-22

  • Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations (MA10230)
  • Collaborative Industrial Research (MA50283)
  • Maths PGT Director of Studies

Previous years

  • Methods and Applications 1 (MA10208, 2011/12 - 2013/14)
  • Modelling the Dynamics of Life 1 (MA20201, 2008/9 - 2010/11)
  • Modelling the Dynamics of Life 2 (MA10202/MA20202, 2012/13 - 2017/18)
  • Mathematical Biology 1 (MA30047, 2016/17 - 2020/21)
  • Dynamics and Chaos (MA30060, 2015/16)
  • Mathematical Modelling in Ecology, Evolution and Epidemiology (MA40197, 2008/9 - 2011/12)
  • Topic Review in Mathematical Biology (MA50199, 2008/9 - 2011/12)
  • Project Scoping (MA50200, 2018/19 - 2020/21)
  • Maths PGT Director of Studies (2018-19 - 2020/21)


  • 2008 - present: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Deptartment of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, Bath, UK
  • 2007 - 2008: Postdoctoral Researcher, Computational Genomics and Epidemiology, Max Planck Institut fuer Informatik, Saarbruecken, Germany
  • 2005 - 2007: JSPS Research Associate, Department of Biology, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • 2003 - 2005: Wellcome Trust Research Associate, Department of Animal & Plant Science, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
  • 2000 - 2003: PhD, Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh , UK.