Personnel 2009-10


There are five core faculty (Dawes, de Vries, Wang, Hillen and Lewis). 

New Faculty Positions: 
Dr. Hao Wang was hired as Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2009.

Support Staff: 
Cecilia Hutchinson remains the Research and Administrative Coordinator for the Centre, and Mark Duller became the Centre’s part-time Computer Analyst in October, 2009.

Graduate Students, Funding and Awards:

  • Jaime Ashander, MSc
    Evolution and ecology of sea lice and salmon
    (FGSR UofA Master's Recruitment Scholarship, IGTC Fellowship).
  • Marie Auger-Methe, PhD
    State-space models and the analysis movement by Arctic mammals
    (Alberta Ingenuity, NSERC-CGS-D, President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (UofA), Science Graduate Scholarship-UA Faculty of Science), AB Innovates-Technology Future
  • Jane Cooper, MSc
    The existence of cancer stem cells and their significance for tumor growth 
  • William Davis, MSc
    Nitrogen cycle modeling in aquatic environments
    Alexander Graham Bell NSERC Scholarship
  • Andria Dawson, PhD (Returned from maternity leave, May, 2010)
    Boreal Mixedwood Mortality Modeling
    (MITACS/NSERC Joint IPS Internship Award –Year 3, GSA Interdisciplinary Award)
  • Jiafen Gong, PhD
    Optimization of radiation treatment
    (UA Provost Doctoral Entrance Award, PIMS IGTC in Math Biology Fellowship).
  • Harun Kalayci, MSc
    Mathematical analysis of Single-Particle Tracking (SPT) data
  • Xihui Lin (Eric), MSc
    General mathematical biology.
  • Anastasia Lukyanova, MSc
    Mathematical modelling of industrial composting process
    (Pundit RD Sharma Memorial Graduate Award)
  • Justin Marleau, MSc (Completed August 2009)
    Successional dynamics of Mt. St. Helens
    (Walter Johns Fellowship, NSERC PGSD, IGTC Fellowship).
  • Jonathan Martin,  PhD
    Forest fire research
    (IGTC Fellowship).
  • Hannah McKenzie,  PhD
    Instream flow needs and river dynamics
  • Alison Muscat,  MSc
    The use of Level Set Methods to model cell blebbing
  • Nicholas Piazza, MSc
    Ecological risk assessment of oil sands related contaminants to aquatic biodiversity
    (AB Environment  Internship).
  • Vishaal Rajani, MSc
    Analysis of data from single particle tracking experiments.
    (NSERC CGSM,  Walter H Johns, MSc Entrance, IGTC Fellowship).
  • Harshana Rajakaruna, PhD
    Population viability models for invasive aquatic species.
  • Ulrike Schlaegel, PhD
    Modelling wolf movement and researching state-space models.
    (ICORE Graduate Recruitment Scholarship)
  • Silogini Thanarajah, PhD
    The role of motility and nutrients in bacterial colony formation and competition.
  • Jeanette Wheeler, MSc
    Temperature-dependent population dynamics of Parnassium smintheus in Rocky Mountain alpine meadows
    (Walter Johns, NSERC CGSM, AIF Scholarship)
  • Diana White,  PhD
    Dynamics of body composition
    (MITACS Internship and the Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award)
  • Rita Wong, MSc
    Animal group formation as a result of different communication mechanisms.
    (NSERC CGSM, Walter H. Johns Grad Fellowship, PIMS IGTC Fellowship)

Postdoctoral Researchers, Funding and Awards:
  • Petro Babak
    Forest fire modelling
    (MITACS/PIMS Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Yu Jin
    Development of mechanistic, process-oriented models for stream hydrology and biological interactions.  The goal is to understand instream flow needs for healthy ecosystems.
    (Alberta Water Research Institute and Alberta Ssustainable Resource Development)
  • Jim Muirhead
    Models for predicting invasive aquatic species spread
    (NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship).
  • Carly Strasser  
    Collaborative research to examine and identify existing invasions with the goal to predict and prevent new aquatic invasive species from harming Canada’s aquatic ecosystems
    (Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network)
  • Peter Molnar (Finished April 2010)
    Modelling polar bear dynamics

Research Associates/Assistants:

  • Mario Pineda-Krch, Research Associate
    Collaborative research on geonomics MPB, in cooperation with government and academic researchers.  Duties include modeling and model analysis using computational and other methods. (TRIA Mountain Pine Beetle Project)
  • Alex Potapov, Research Associate
    Integrated systems for invasive species.
    (Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network)

Undergraduate Students:

  • William Davis, RA
  • D. Galavan, RA
  • M. Chi, RA
  • Cole Zmurchok, RA
  • Chris Finlay, BSc (NSERC USRA)

Math 499 research projects

  • Chris Finlay
  • Julie Mallet-Paret
  • Nicholas Robert

High School Students:

  • A. Abdullahi, Wisest Summer Research Program
  • C. Rygh, Wisest Summer Research Program
    Developed mathematical workshops for GAME outreach to high school students