The Professoriate

Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger
FRSNZ
Head of Institute
 Research Interests:
 Theoretical Chemistry and Physics

Aspects of quantum chemistry and physics focused toward fundamental issues.
Current research areas include: parityviolation in chiral molecules,
relativistic effects, the chemistry of heavy and superheavy elements,
simulation of metallic clusters, quantumelectrodynamic effects in atoms
and molecules, solid state chemistry and physics including
highpressure materials, surface science, chemical evolution theory
and the mathematical and philosophical aspects of quantum theory.

Professor Joachim Brand
Deputy Head of Institute
 Research Interests:
 Theoretical Physics

Quantum physics of many particle systems.
Condensed matter theory of quantum gases and liquids.
Nonlinear waves, solitons and vortices in superfluids.
Strongly correlated quantum matter.
Quantum dynamics of fewparticle systems.
Entanglement and macroscopic quantum superpositions.
Our research focusses mainly on the theoretical understanding of
atomic and molecular gases at ultracold temperatures, where quantum
mechanics dominates. Studies of quantum effects in these system enhance
our basic understanding of quantum mechanics and aid the design of novel
devices for quantum technologies.

Professor Marti Anderson
FRSNZ
 Research Interests:
 Statistics for Ecology

My primary interest is in the analysis of multispecies datasets,
to quantify and model natural spatial and temporal variation, including
betadiversity, at multiple scales and/or in response to environmental
variables or humaninduced factors or experiments.
Areas of particular expertise include: multivariate analysis;
computerintensive techniques; experimental design; ecological statistics;
community ecology; biodiversity; resemblance (similarity and dissimilarity)
measures, environmental monitoring and impact assessment; marine science;
modeling species' distributions and count data; semi and nonparametric methods.

Professor Sergej Flach
Director of Korean Institute for Basic Sciences, Physics of Complex Systems
 Research Interests:
 Theoretical Physics and Complex Systems

Theoretical Physics and Complex Systems.
Nonlinear waves in complex systems, classical and quantum, with and without dissipation;
in particular wave localization, delocalization, transport and applications in condensed
matter, nonlinear optics, micromechanics, and nanoscience.
The study of outofequilibrium systems with applications in cold atom physics;
in particular ratcheting particles and waves.
Fano resonances in the transport through nanoscale structures.
Cryptography with nonlinear waves and chaos; in particular encryption
of passwords and pCAPTCHAs.

Visiting Professor Victor Flambaum
FAA
 Research interests:
 Physics

Challenging problems in atomic, nuclear, elementary particle,
solid state physics and astrophysics, in particular violation
of the fundamental symmetries (parity, time invariance), test of
the theories of Grand Unification of elementary particles and
their interactions, search for spatial and temporal variation of the
fundamental constants in the Universe from the Big Bang to the
present time (such variation is predicted by theories unifying gravity
with other interactions), manybody theory and highprecision atomic
calculations, quantum chaos and statistical theory, hightemperature
superconductivity and conductance quantisation.

Professor Nigel French
FRSNZ
 Research Interests:
 Molecular epidemiology.

Combining molecular biology and epidemiology to understand the transmission
of infectious agents between animals and man. Interest in the use
of phylogenetic and genealogical (coalescentbased) tools, infectious
disease modelling and spatial modelling, to understand the origin,
evolution and emergence of zoonotic pathogens. Both laboratorybased
and theoretical tools have been applied to determine the relative
contribution of different animal reservoirs to the burden of human
enteric disease, and have informed national control strategies.
Also longterm interest in the epidemiology of both infectious and
noninfectious diseases that have a severe impact on animal welfare.

Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin
FRSNZ, FAMS, FNZMS, FASL
 Research Interests:
 Mathematics

Nonlinear analysis, elliptic partial differential equations,
Beltrami systems and geometric function theory, particularly as
it interacts with conformal geometry, quasiconformal mappings
and their generalisations.
Applications in nonlinear elasticity and materials science.
Also low dimensional topology and geometry, particularly hyperbolic
geometry, discrete groups and their associated universal constants,
such as minimal covolume, and relations between arithmetic and geometry.

Professor Thomas Pfeiffer
 Research Interests:
 Computational Biology

Computational Biology, particularly metabolic systems and their evolution,
game theory, and evidence synthesis. These include the development of computer
simulations to study how different evolutionary histories shape properties of
metabolic networks; the properties of fitness landscapes associated with metabolic
systems and how they predict metabolic flux distributions. Applications of game theory
to reciprocal strategies with minimal cognitive requirements, and predictions
for ingroup bias and for indirect reciprocity in realworld and laboratory settings.

Distinguished Professor Paul Rainey
FRSNZ
 Research Interests:
 Ecology and Evolution

Evolutionary processes particularly, but not exclusively, evolution by natural selection.
Our research is both theoretical and empirical and makes use of microbial populations
in order to observe and dissect evolution in real time. A growing fascination is the
evolutionary origins of multicellularity. Other interests include the ecological
significance of diversity in natural microbial populations; evolutionary processes
determining patterns of diversity in space and time; and the genetics and fitness
consequences of traits that enhance ecological performance in populations of
plantcolonizing bacteria.

Professor Mick Roberts
FIMA, FNZMS, FRSNZ
 Research Interests:
 Mathematical Biology.

The development of mathematical models that explain why pathogens have evolved
their present characteristics, in particular models for the evolution and
transmission of a virus. Model for the dynamics of the HIV virus, and the
interaction between withinhost virus evolution and betweenhost virus transmission.
The analysis of models for invading infections, and models for control strategies to
contain exotic infections. Threshold quantities and control strategies for endemic infections.