Mathematical Biology

Faculty Subject
Peter Taylor Evolution of social behaviour in structured populations, inclusive fitness theory. Math Education: curriculum development , inquiry-based learning
Troy Day Evolutionary ecology, stability of dynamical systems, life history theory, inclusive fitness, structured populations, epidemiology
Bill Nelson Theoretical biology, population dynamics, stage-structured populations, experimental ecology and evolution

Postdoctoral Fellows Subject
Clay Cressler Life history theory, dynamic energy budget theory, host-pathogen & predator-prey theory
Daniel Krupp Social evolution, cooperation and conflict, kin recognition, reproductive behaviour

The Graduate Program

Peter Taylor, Troy Day and Bill Nelson work in the rapidly growing research area of mathematical biology. Their work centers on evolutionary ecology, modeled using the mathematics of game theory and dynamical systems. Current interests include the modeling of behaviour in animals and plants (for example, sex allocation, dispersal, life-history tradeoffs, parasite-host dynamics, virulence, epidemiology, speciation) using techniques of population genetics, stability analysis and dynamic optimization.

At Queen's, we have a close working relationship between the Departments of Mathematics and Biology, allowing us to use a multidisciplinary approach linking theoretical and experimental biology. We are fortunate to have one of the top Biology Departments in North America. Students studying mathematical biology in the Math&Stats Department will live (and teach!) there but can take graduate courses in both Departments. To be admitted it is certainly not necessary to have an undergraduate concentration in both disciplines, but among our students we find a synergistic mix of backgrounds. The best way for a student to learn either discipline is often in a focused way--with a good modelling problem as an incentive and a guide. When mathematics is well used, it gives stunning insights into the workings of the world, not only in the world of physics and engineering, but also in the less tidy world of biology.

Honours and Awards

P. D. Taylor, MAA Distinguished Teaching Award, Seaway Section (1992), 3M Teaching Fellowship (1994), OCUFA Teaching Award (2004).

Troy Day, Canada Research Chair at Queen's. NSERC Doctoral Prize (1998), American Naturalist's Society Young Investigator's Award (1998), Steacie Prize (2006) , E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship (2008-10), CAIMS (Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society) Research Prize (2012).

Clay Cressler, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology (2011-2013), Queen's SARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2011).

Daniel Krupp, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2009), SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2004-2007), Human Behavior and Evolution Society's New Investigator Award (2005).

Contact Info

Department of Math & Stats
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