Curriculum Vitae

Luis Román Carrasco, PhD

National University of Singapore,

Department of Biological Sciences,

14 Science Drive 4, 117543, Singapore, Singapore

Tel.: 006591377291

E-mail: dbsctlr@nus.edu.sg

EDUCATION

2006-2010

  • PhD Environmental Research. Imperial College London at Silwood Park (ICL) (United Kingdom). Funding body: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA, UK), Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).
    Supervisors: Prof. J. D. Mumford (ICL), Dr. R. Baker (FERA), Dr. J. D. Knight (ICL) and Dr. A. MacLeod (FERA).
    Areas: Invasive alien species spread modelling; bioeconomic modelling; risk analysis and management; applied statistics; agent based and spatial modelling and mathematical modelling.
  • Doctoral courses (software/ institution): Bayesian statistics (WinBUGS); Generalised Linear Models in R (applied to ecology); Analysing Spatial Data in R: Disease Mapping. (R/ Imperial College London); Econometrics; Microeconomics (Carlos III University, Madrid); Environmental & Economics Modelling (GAMS); Risk analysis and management (@Risk); Environmental Economics (Limdep); Regulatory Agricultural Policy for Agricultural Prices; GIS applied to Environmental Resource Management (ArcGIS, IDRISI, Polytechnic University of Madrid).

2004-2005

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).
    Areas: Theory of education, education psychology, curriculum preparation and evaluation, didactics for biological sciences. Practicum teaching biology in a Junior College.

2003-2004

  • MSc in Environmental Management for Business. Cranfield University (UK).
  • Major: Environmental Economics and Policy analysis. Main subjects: Environmental and Resource Management, Risk Analysis.

1999-2004

  • BEng. Agricultural Engineering. Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).
  • Major: Agricultural Economics.
    Areas: ecology, crop protection and production, statistics, calculus, algebra, differential equations, economics, agricultural and environmental policy analysis.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2012 Jan-

  • Assistant Professor: Department of Biological Sciences of the National University of Singapore.

2010 – 2012

  • Research fellow: Department of Statistics and Applied Probability of the National University of Singapore.
    • Project: Optimising local management of global pandemics – a modelling approach.
      Funded: National Medical Research Council.
    • Project: “STOP Dengue. Translational Clinical Research”.
      Funded: National Medical Research Council. Collaborator.
    • Project: MosqGuide, Best-practice guidance for deployment of genetic control methods against mosquito vectors in disease endemic countries.
      Funded: WHO. Collaborator.
    • Project: Beyond compliance: Integrated systems approach for pest risk management in Southeast Asia.
      Funded: World Trade Organization. Collaborator.
    • Project: Invasive Species Risk and Economic Assessment Tools for Collaboration.
      Funded: US Department of Agriculture. External consultant.

  • Research fellow: Department of Statistics and Applied Probability of the National University of Singapore.
    • Project: Statistical inference and modelling for infectious diseases: disease control and the effect of model complexity.
      Funded: NUS.
      Principal Investigator: Dr Alex Cook, NUS.
    • Research: Epidemic models combined with economic models for decision making; Markov Chain Monte Carlo and Approximate Bayesian Computation parameterization techniques.

TEACHING

  •  Graduate Module: Modeling in environmental biology with R. Second semester of 2012-2013 AY.
  •  Honours project supervision: Currently supervising: Soh Yi Hui: Correlates of human-tiger conflict in Hunchun natural reserve, China. Zhou En’En Dawn: Ecosystem services degradation through overgrazing in Tibet. Poh Kiat Sheng, Don: Communite-based natural resource management in Myanmar. Suk Teng Chin: Cost-effectiveness of human-bear conflict mitigation strategies in Tibet. Co-supervised with Prof. NS Sodhi (NUS). Student: Chen Zhirong. The economic footprint of China and India’s tropical forest imports. Student: Wong Yilin. Loss of natural capital thorough the international timber trade in Brazil and Indonesia.
  • Teaching assistant, practical designing, demonstrating and tutoring for:
    • Research methods (statistics). MSc Environmental Technology. 2006, 2007, 2008. Dr. Tilly Collins (ICL). Hours: 100.
    • Resource management. 2nd Year BSc. Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology. Faculty of Life Sciences ICL. 2007, 2008, 2009. Dr. Tilly Collins. Hours: 100.
    • Environmental Risk Assessment. MSc Environmental Technology, ICL. 2006, 2007, 2008. Prof. John Mumford. Hours: 45.
    • Economic and ecological decision making (Applied Entomology, Integrated Pest Management,). MSc Crop Protection, ICL. 2008, 2009. Dr. Simon Leather. Hours: 20.
    • Introduction to Ecology. MSc Environmental Technology, ICL. 2006, 2007, 2008. Dr. Jon Knight. Hours: 30.
    • Biosecurity. MSc Conservation Science. Faculty of Life Sciences, ICL. 2007. Prof. E.J. Milner-Gulland. Hours: 2

RESEARCH GRANTS

  • PI: Reconciliation of biodiversity conservation, food security and economic development in the tropics WBS: R-154-000-527-133. Tier 1, MOE startup grant. $180000. 2012-2015.
  • PI: Prevention, detection and control of invasive species in Southeast Asia. $150000. FRC Tier 1. 2013-2016.

 MODELLING

  • Programming: Java, R, C++
  • Statistics: R, WinBUGS, JAGS
  • GIS: ArcGIS (VBA), GEODA, IDRISI
  • Genetic algorithms: @RiskOptimizer
  • Economic modelling: GAMS
  • Agent Based Modelling: Repast (Java)
  • Risk analysis: @Risk, Crystal Ball
  • Mathematical Modelling: Mathematica, MATLAB
  • Spreadsheets: Excel (VBA)
  • Databases: ACCESS (SQL)

STUDENTSHIPS AND AWARDS

2006-2009

  • DEFRA Central Science Laboratory Seedcorn PhD studentship (UK).

2003-2004

  • Ramon Areces Foundation Scholarship for outstanding performance to study the MSc EMB at Cranfield University (UK).

IN THE MEDIA

The research I led on the economics of international antiviral stockpiling, published by the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, has received worldwide media coverage:

  • Reuters: “Flu drug stockpiles save lives, too costly for many.”
  • AFP (Agence France-Presse): “Drugs stockpile an option for rich countries, not poor.”
  • Royal Society: “Stockpiling flu drugs ‘not cost-effective’ for two thirds of countries.”

These articles were replicated in above 20 000 news, radio and tv websites. Among them:

  • Online news: Yahoo News, MSN News, AsiaOne, MedlinePlus, TerraDaily, Financial Mirror
  • Newspapers: USA Today, The Times of India, The Post Chronicle, The Star, Oregon Herald, Zimbabwe Star, Diario Publico.
  • Television: Sky NEWS, France 24, Fuse
  • Radio: WTVB, 95.5 WIFC, 1450 WHTC, 106.5 BUZZ, WKZO, KDWZ, KMFG.

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

(Please see “publications” section).