St John's College Oxford
Dr Maria Bruna

Dr Maria Bruna

Junior Research Fellow in Mathematics



I am a member of the 2020 Science programme for the Mathematical and Computational Modelling of Complex Natural Systems. I have been working with the Computational Ecology & Environmental Science group at Microsoft Research Cambridge on Ecosystem Modelling. Prior to this I completed my PhD in Applied Mathematics at Oxford (2012) under the supervision of Jon Chapman. My formal education is in Mathematics as well as Industrial Engineering, which I studied at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, my hometown.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the stochastic modelling of interacting particle systems, with applications for explaining how individual-level mechanisms give rise to population-level behaviour in biology and ecology. In particular, my work focuses on deriving the continuum (or population-level) description of the system from the discrete (or particle-level) model using systematic methods of applied mathematics. The aim is to obtain practical reduced descriptions, based on partial differential equations, which capture the key attributes at the particle-level (such as the interactions between individuals) and can be used to predict the spatio-temporal evolution of the system.