Dr. Robert Planqué
Department of Mathematics
Faculty of Sciences
Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1081a
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
tel: +31-20-598-7832
fax: +31-20-598-7653
Room R-441

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I'm Assistant Professor in Mathematical Biology. I also am one of the founders and admins of
Xeno-canto, the world's largest open resource for bird sound recordings. For a flavour, read this Guardian article.

My current research activities include

Systems Biology
Bifurcation theory for metabolic pathways, optimization problems, control problems, stochasticity in signal transduction, community microbiology.
In collaboration with Joost Hulshof, Gosse Overal, Frank Bruggeman, Bas Teusink, Daan de Groot (all VU).

Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution
Collective behaviour in social insects, evolution of defence strategies, caste formation, bird song dialects.
In collaboration with Nigel R Franks (Bristol), Jan Bouwe van den Berg (VU), Scott Powell (George Washington U), and before also with Nick F Britton (Bath), James Marshall (Sheffield), Anna Dornhaus (Arizona), Hans Slabbekoorn (Leiden).

Null models in Ecology
Behavioural or Community Ecology problems in community ecology, in which community data has to be randomized. In collaboration with Joe Tobias, Nathalie Seddon (both Oxford), Hans Slabbekoorn (Leiden).

I have also previously published on Constrained energy minimisation in the context of twisted rods, together with Mark Peletier (Eindhoven) and Gert van der Heijden (UC London).