Gail S.K. Wolkowicz
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HH 318
(905) 525 9140 ext. 24808
(905) 522-0935

Research Area: Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Biology

Research Profile: Dynamical systems, bifurcation theory, population dynamics, mathematical ecology and epidemiology

My students and I have been formulating and analyzing models motivated by questions in ecology and epidemiology. For example, one goal is to better understand basic population dynamics so that measurable criteria can be developed, enabling scientists to predict combinations of cultures of micro-organisms most effective and safest for use in such processes as water purification and biological waste decomposition. Other applications include pest control, the prevention of species' extinction or the control or eradication of certain diseases. In order to elicit all the potential dynamics, a bifurcation theory approach is used so that the full spectrum of behaviour can be predicted for all appropriate parameter ranges and initial states. Computer simulations are used to elucidate complicated dynamics, to test conjectures, and to reveal properties of the models that are useful in developing analytic proofs. Symbolic computation is used to carry out complicated calculations. The analyses often lead to interesting abstract mathematical problems in dynamical systems, ordinary, integro- and functional differential equations, and bifurcation theory.

Dynamical systems, bifurcation theory, population dynamics, mathematical ecology and epidemiology

Math 1C03
Math 4MB3/6MB3
Math 741

On Research Leave

Math 1A03
Math 1ZB3
Math 741

Math 2R03
Math 3F03
Math 747

Math 2Z03
Math 3F03
Math 746

Math 2ZZ3
Math 741

Math 2Z03
Math 2ZZ3
Math 3DC3

Math 2C03
Math 741
Math 746

On Research Leave

Publications available here.

Currently Supervising:
Katarina Sacka (MSc Math)

Past Students:
Tedra Bolger (MSc Math)
Brydon Eastman (MSc Math) 
Madeleine Hill (MSc Math)
Donghui Liu (Visiting Student) 
Tyler Meadows (PhD Math)
Szymon Sobieszek (MSc Math)
Savannah Spilotro (MSc Math)
Alexandra Teslya (PhD Math)
Liang Wang (Visiting Student)
Ian Weih-Wadman (MSc Math) 
Xin Zhang (Visiting Student)

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