Kate Davison

PhD in Applied Mathematics

School of Mathematics & Statistics
Newcastle University,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

NE1 7RU

E-mail: kate.davison@newcastle.ac.uk


What am I doing?

I am currently teaching Mathematics to Key Stage 3 and 4 at Burnside Business and Enterprise College. In August 2008 I completed my PhD (thesis title 'The Neolithic of Europe: Mathematical Modelling and Radiocarbon Data') here, brief details of my research and publications etc. are given below.

PhD Research interests:

      Mathematical Biology

      Spatiotemporal Population Modelling

      Computational Methods

      The Neolithic of Europe

The spread of Neolithic in Europe is usually viewed either as a human migration or cultural diffusion or a combination of both. In my PhD I worked on a model to simulate the dispersal of the Neolithic from a localized area in the Near East, by solving the two-dimensional reaction-diffusion equation on a spherical surface, with allowance for advective transport along major rivers and coastlines.

PhD Supervisors:

      Prof Anvar Shukurov

      Dr Graeme Sarson

      I also work with Prof. Pavel Dolukhanov, Department of Archaeology.

Publications:

      K. Davison, P. M. Dolukhanov, G. R. Sarson, A. Shukurov & G. I. Zaitseva, Multiple Sources of the European Neolithic: Mathematical Modelling Constrained by Radiocarbon Dates (Submitted to Quaternary International March 2007)

      K. Davison, P. M. Dolukhanov, G. R. Sarson, A. Shukurov & G. I. Zaitseva, A Pan-European Model of the Neolithic Documenta Praehistorica, Volume 34, 2007

      A. Shukurov, K. Davison, G. R. Sarson, P. M. Dolukhanov & G. I. Zaitseva. Multiple Sources of the European Neolithic, in G. I. Zaitseva & M. A. Kulkova, Radiocarbon in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Research, Teza, St. Petersburg, 2007, pp 172-184 (in Russian).

      K. Davison, P. M. Dolukhanov, G. R. Sarson & A. Shukurov, The role of waterways in the spread of the Neolithic, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 33, Issue 5, Pages 641-652, May 2006 (One of the top 10 most downloaded articles of 2006)

      Chapter V. Mathematical Modelling of the Neolithization, in V. I. Timofeev, G. I. Zaitseva, P. M. Dolukhanov & A. M. Shukurov, Radiocarbon Chronology of the Neolithic of Northern Eurasia, Teza, St. Petersburg, 2005, pp 62-72 (in Russian). ISBN 5-88851-0572

Presentations/Talks/Seminars:

      Agriculture and Settlement Patterns of the Cucuteni-Tripolye Culture. FEPRE meeting (St. Petersburg, Russia), April 2008. Talk given by Kate Davison in the State Hermitage Museum.

      Mathematical modelling of prehistoric population dynamics, and the nature of the Neolithic. Statistics Seminar (Newcastle, UK), Dec 2007. Talk given by Anvar Shukurov and Graeme Sarson.

      The Newcastle Neolithic - Waterways and linear diffusion in the Neolithic expansion. Predicting the past: NANIA mini-meeting on Waves of Advance (Edinburgh, UK), May 2007. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      Modelling the Neolithic - The Wave of Advance and Beyond. Applied Mathematics Informal Seminar Series (Newcastle, UK), May 2007. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      Multiple sources of the Neolithic. FEPRE meeting (Manchester, UK), March 2007. Talk given by Anvar Shukurov.

      Dual sources of the European Neolithic - Mathematical modelling constrained by radiocarbon dates. 13th Neolithic Seminar (Ljubljana, Slovenia), November 2006. Talk given by Kate Davison and Pavel Dolukhanov.

      The Ukranian Neolithic - Central Place Theory. Postgraduate Forum (Newcastle, UK), October 2006. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      PowerPoint Presentations Workshop. University of Newcastle upon Tyne (Newcastle, UK), May 2006. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      Multiple sources of the European Neolithic - Mathematical modelling constrained by radiocarbon dates. Radiocarbon International Conference (Oxford, UK), April 2006. Talk given by Kate Davison and Pavel Dolukhanov.

      The Neolithic of Europe. Joint Newcastle and Durham Postgraduate Seminar (Newcastle, UK), March 2006. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      Pottery making revolutions and the spread of the Neolithic. Theoretical Archaeology Group conference (Sheffield, UK), December 2005. Talk given by Kate Davison and Pavel Dolukhanov.

      Two source model for the Neolithization of Europe. Applied Mathematics Informal Seminar Series (Newcastle, UK), November 2005. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      Two source model for the Neolithization of Europe. Postgraduate Forum (Newcastle, UK), October 2005. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      Prehistoric demography and the spread of the Neolithic: Models based on radiocarbon dates. IUCAA (Pune, India), April 2005. Talk given by Anvar Shukurov.

      Spatial Modelling of Neolithic Dispersal in a Non-Uniform Environment. Postgraduate Forum (Newcastle, UK), February 2005. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      Spatial Modelling of Neolithic Dispersal in a Non-Uniform Environment. Computational Applications in Archaeology UK conference (Southampton, UK), Jan 2005. Talk given by Kate Davison.

      The Spread of Farming in Europe. Applied Mathematics Informal Seminar Series (Newcastle, UK), Oct 2004. Talk given by Kate Davison.       

      Prehistoric demography of Central and Eastern Europe: Models based in radiocarbon dates. (Paris, France) May 2004. Talk given by Anvar Shukurov and Pavel Dolukhanov.

Previous Tutorials and Marking:

      MAS1101 Marking (2007-2008 Semester 2).

      MAS1102 Problem Solving Techniques - Part II week 5-week 12 (2007-2008 Semester 1). See Blackboard for all additional teaching information.

      MAS2106 Tutorials, Practicals and Marking (2007-2008 Semester 1).

      MAS3101 Tutorials and Marking (2006-2007 Semester 2).

      MAS3110 Marking (2006-2007 Semester 2).

      MAS2106 Tutorials, Practicals and Marking (2006-2007 Semester 1).


Useful Links:

Tech Help

      Numerical Recipes

      IDL Data Tutorial

      Exceed Config

      RAS

Information Finding

      Library – Newcastle University.

      WOK – Need Athens password.

      E-Journals – Might need Athens password for some journals.

      Careers Service – Newcastle University - Helpful?!?

      Google – Good search engine!!

      Scholar Google – Just like Google but with focus on academic articles.

      Dictionary – I often use this!

Other Links

      Blackboard

      e-portfolio

      Hotmail

      OWA E-mail

      BBC – News, Weather, Sport etc.

 


Last updated 22nd September 2008.

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