Basic Description of the Mathematical and Computational Ecology/Evolution
Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
We have two basic groups of students in our math/computational ecology
program. There are those whose interests are coupled to laboratory or
fieldwork in ecology, and these students are associated with either the
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology or another biological
sciences program here (such as Environmental Toxicology or Ethology).
There are also students whose main interests are more mathematical in
nature, and though they may wish to develop some field or lab expertise,
they may complete a purely mathematical piece of research for their
degree. Their degree would be in mathematics, though we also have a
special option in mathematical ecology in the Ph.D. program in mathematics.
This option involves coursework in ecology. Another option involves
graduate work in Computer Science, as we have active collaborations in
several research projects with certain faculty in this Department.
We have students at both the Master's and Ph.D. level, and some our
students use the non-thesis route for a Master's degree.
The key faculty involved in our program are Sergey Gavrilets (research
interests in evolutionary theory), Lou Gross (regional-scale modeling,
physiological, behavioral and landscape ecology), Tom Hallam (population
and community dynamics, environmental toxicology, agroecosystem modeling),
and Aaron King (population dynamics, stochastic dynamical systems)
with major contributions from Suzanne Lenhart (optimal control, resource
modeling, epidemiology) of the Math Department, and Michael Berry
(parallel computation, landscape modeling) of the Computer Science
Department. All the key faculty mentioned above have home appointments
based in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with Gavrilets
and Gross also having joint appointments in the Mathematics Department.
Students also work with a large additional group of theoreticians,
including Christine Boake, Jim Drake, Gary McCracken, Sue Riechert and
Dan Simberloff in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Shih-Lung Shaw in
Geography, and Bill Hargrove, Yetta Jager, and Mac Post in the
Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Lab.
We have one of the largest and, we not so modestly feel, best groups in
computational ecology in the world. We have a regular weekly seminar
series in addition to both long and short term visitors. Our beginning
students are generally supported through teaching assistantships, but
there is opportunity for support on research grants later. Currently
we have 9 Ph.D. students working in this area, and a few Master's
students. We offer on a regular basis two year-long, graduate-level
sequences in mathematical ecology, a semester course on mathematical
evolutionary theory, and a modeling course designed for biologists.
For more detail about our current research interests, see our home pages.
Books edited from our group include: Mathematical Ecology, edited by
T. G. Hallam and S. A. Levin, Applied Mathematical Ecology, edited by
S. A. Levin, T. G. Hallam, and L. Gross, both of which are published
by Springer-Verlag, and Individual-Based Models and Approaches in
Ecology, edited by D. DeAngelis and L. Gross, published by Chapman
and Hall.
Please feel free to call or write either Tom Hallam or Lou Gross if you'd
like to discuss our program, or have questions about how your own
research interests might be accommodated here. Lou Gross is at 865-974-4295,
Tom Hallam is at 865-974-4293.
Note that there are a number of other possible grad schools with fine
programs in theoretical/mathematical/computational ecology, including
Princeton (in Ecology), Stanford (in Biology), UC Davis (in Ecology),
Cornell (in Applied Math), Utah (in Math), Arizona State University
(in Math), University of Washington (in Applied Math), UC Santa Barbara
(in Biology). All these places have at least a critical mass of
theoretical/mathematical ecologists, though often they are not in Math
Departments.
Louis J. Gross
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics
Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
and Mathematics
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1610
865-974-4295
865-974-3067 (FAX)
865-974-3065 (Secretary)
http://www.tiem.utk.edu/~gross/
Revised November 2003