Meet our Strathclyde committee! Alejandra and Samantha co-founded our Strathclyde node together and will act as our local Piscopia representatives.
Contact them at: a.g.cabanillas_at_strath.ac.uk or samantha.ofili_at_strath.ac.uk
Alejandra (she/her): I am a second year PhD student working on mathematical modelling of Scottish kelp forest population dynamics, with the long term aim of using the knowledge acquired from the model to advise sustainable harvesting strategies. My background is on theoretical ecology and zoology. Previously I worked on evolutionary game theory, I wrote a model in R to simulate the spatially iterated prisoners dilemma to understand the strategies leading to the survival of cooperation in a small-world network. Moving to a mathematics department coming from a bioscience one has been a challenging, but rewarding experience. I have the advantage of being part of a marine research group where my colleagues have diverse backgrounds. For me the most important difference I have experienced is the change in the ratio of female to male researchers. Previously I have been used to an even split, with frequently finding spaces with a female majority. This experience has not being repeated in my new department, outside of my immediate research group. It is this experience that encouraged me to join the Piscopia initiative. Email: a.g.cabanillas_at_strath.ac.uk
Samantha (she/her): I originally studied Neuroscience. Towards the end of my undergraduate degree, I became interested in psychiatric epidemiology. This encouraged me to do a masters at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience to get further training. After few years working in research roles outside of academic, I started my PhD in Statistics at the University of Strathclyde looking at spatial and temporal variation in social, emotional and behavioural development of children! Email: samantha.ofili_at_strath.ac.uk