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Professor of Applied Mathematics, Uppsala University

David Sumpter is professor of applied mathematics in Uppsala where he runs the collective behaviour research group. An incomplete list of the research projects on which David has worked include: pigeons flying in pairs over Oxford; clapping undergraduate students in the north of England; the traffic of Cuban leaf-cutter ants; fish swimming between coral in the Great Barrier Reef; swarms of locusts traveling across the Sahara; disease spread in remote Ugandan villages; the gaze following of London commuters; dancing honey bees from Sydney; and the tubular structures built by Japanese slime mould.

More details of David’s research, along with a number of visualizations and popular science accounts of his work, can be found at his website.


  • –present
    Professor of applied mathematics, Uppsala University


  • 2000 
    University of Manchester, PhD Mathematics