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Luke Yates

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About me

Luke’s background is in mathematical physics, where he has worked previously to develop novel mathematical structures that explore physics beyond the standard model. In the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration, he is excited to have joined the DEEP lab where he is analysing data and developing models related to global land use, forest ecosystems, OSL dating and ecological dynamics.

Key interests

  • Ecological Modelling 

  • Coding 

  • Mathematics 

  • Theoretical Physics 

  • Symmetry Principles 

  • Model selection 

  • Decoupling 

  • Conservation


Fielding, M. W., Buettel, J. C., Brook, B. W., Stojanovic, D., & Yates, L. A. (2021). Roadkill islands: carnivore extinction shifts seasonal use of roadside carrion by generalist avian scavenger. Journal of Animal Ecology.

L A Yates and P D Jarvis 2018. Hidden supersymmetry and quadratic deformations of the space-time conformal superalgebra. J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 51 145203

P D Jarvis, G Rudolph and L A Yates 2011. A class of quadratic deformations of Lie superalgebras. J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 44 235205

P D Jarvis and L A Yates 2008. The molecular asymmetric rigid rotor Hamiltonian as an exactly solvable model. Molecular Physics, 106:7, 955-961

Current research with D.E.E.P

  • Model Selection – Theoretical and case study investigations to compare available methods for fitting and selecting the best model for a given data set.

  • Decomposition Analysis - Analysis of time series data of global crop production to identify to the key drivers of production changes in the last 50 years.

  • Spatial statistics – Development of new methods to analyse the spatial patterning of (linear) treefall data in Australian Eucalypt forests.

  • Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) - modelling of mixed-age deposits and associated errors in the dating of sediment in archaeological excavations.

My research history

My previous work was in the field of mathematical physics. The main theme of this research was the development and application of extended symmetry principles, particularly in relation to non-linear superalgebras, space-time supersymmetry and the corresponding spectrum of predicted superparticles.

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