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James Powell

James Powell

Mathematics & Statistics

Department Head, Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: ANSC 110
IconPhone: (435) 797-2810

Educational Background

PhD, Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1990
BS, Mathematics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1985


Dr. Powell's research focuses on mathematical biology at organismal scales and above, including: developing tools in applied mathematical, nonlinear evolution PDE, asymptotic analysis and homogenization, dynamical systems, nonlinear parameter estimation and uncertainty quantification. Mathematical Ecology: dispersal and demographics of organisms, spatial spread of populations, movement ecology and habitat usage. Mathematical Entomology: predictive phenology, thermal control of life cycle timing and dynamic aspects of adaptations to the environment, outbreak and spread of mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Mathematical Modeling: population dynamics, animal movement in complex landscapes, energetics of organisms, bird flight, industrial chemical reactions, market pricing of derivatives, and evolution of quantitative traits.