In 2004, the Biomathematics group at Murray State University was awarded a Research Incubation Grant, Biomathematics at Murray State University, by the Kentucky Statewide EPSCoR Committee. As part of our award, we hosted the first Biomathematics in the Commonwealth workshop. In 2005, we were awarded an Undergraduate Training in the Biological and Mathematical Sciences grant (UBM) by the National Science Foundation. The project UBM, RUI: Biology and Mathematics in Population Studies (BioMaPS) will train 25 undergraduates over five years to work at the intersection of biology & mathematics.

BioMaPS2: Collaborative Research and Student Success



BioMaPS -- Murray State's UBM award


BioMaPS -- 2013 Project Descriptions


The 2011 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Vancouver:

Dr. K. Renee Fister on using Mathematical Models to treat patients

Dr. Maeve McCarthy on Salamanders

Biomathematics Seminar (Abstracts)

An analysis of tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum) survival based on body size and other co-variates

Christian Brown and Adam Kiser

Murray State University

Mathematically modeling tropical termite nest growth rate in relation
to external temperature variations

Victoria Darling and Kayla Stringfield

Murray State University

Monday, November 25, 2013

3:30 pm
Biology 1119


BioMaPS -- Fellowship Description
Students -- $5500 fellowship for research projects.

BioMaPS -- Fellowship Application

BioMaPS II - Applications for 2013 closed.

2012 BioMaPS Group Photo

2012 BioMaPS Group
2012 Project Descriptions

2011 Project Descriptions

2010 BioMaPS Group Photo

2010 BioMaPS Group
2010 Project Descriptions

2009 BioMaPS Group Photo

2009 Project Descriptions

2008 Highlights

Our group consists of faculty members from the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, which are both housed in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Our members include:


Donald Adongo, Mathematics & Statistics

Terry Derting, Biological Sciences
Renee Fister, Mathematics & Statistics 

Claire Fuller, Biological Sciences

Kate He, Biological Sciences

Maeve McCarthy, Mathematics & Statistics
Christopher Mecklin, Mathematics & Statistics
Howard Whiteman, Biological Sciences

We have a wide variety of research interests devoted to the integration of mathematics and biology.

Past Activities of the Biomathematics group include:

A regular Biomathematics Seminar, which is well attended by biologists and mathematicians at Murray State. The first Biomathematics in the Commonwealth Workshop held June 24-25th, 2005.

The workshop Confluence of Biology & Mathematics in the Commonwealth was held on May 16-17, 2008 at Murray State University!

Speakers: Dr. John Jungck (Beloit College), Dr. Andy Long (Northern Kentucky University) and Dr. Christopher Mecklin (Murray State University). Schedule, Dr. Mecklinís presentation


Our Research Interests

At Murray State, we are interested in biological problems with a strong mathematical and statistical component. Our particular research interests include:


Using capture-mark-recapture methods and projection matrix models to estimate fecundity
Chemotaxis models
Parameter identification in ODE & PDE models
Bayesian methods of data analysis
Developmental stability and fluctuating asymmetry
Genetic differentiation and biodiversity
Developmental stability and fluctuating asymmetry
Anthropogenic disturbances and their physiological & fitness consequences
Population dynamics & ecology

Integration of Mathematics and Biology

The importance of mathematical and computational tools in every area of biological studies is well documented (Levin et. al 1997, Science 275:334-343). Mathematical and computational challenges in population biology, ecosystems science, and epidemiology in particular have long been recognized. With new conceptual advances and technology, research initiatives that focus on integration of mathematics and biological issues are expanding. A gap exists, however, in the ability for biologists and mathematicians to converse and share expertise in order to solve important questions relating to population dynamics, epidemiology, immunology, and evolutionary theory. Eliminating the gap between mathematicians and biologists is essential in maintaining research productivity in the Commonwealth and remaining competitive for new national research agendas.

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Modified February 4, 2009