my photo I'm a professor in the departments of Mathematics & Statistics and of Biology at McMaster University. My interests range widely in spatial, theoretical, mathematical, computational and statistical ecology, evolution and epidemiology; plant community, ecosystem, and epidemic dynamics; and whatever else takes my fancy.

Contact information:

314 Hamilton Hall
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1
(905) 525-9140 x23320
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(fingerprint: 688D 48D3 345F 3A7B 81A0
3287 E095 E584 5B97 1507)

Alternate location/phone: LSB 336, x24376.

My schedule for the current semester.

If you really want to reach me, you should probably send e-mail rather than phoning ...

Current teaching

Research and ideas

Past and continuing areas of research interest:


My publications are listed




Prospective graduate students in mathematical/statistical ecology, or empirical ecology/evolution with strong quantitative interests, should contact me by e-mail. I can supervise students in the mathematics, statistics, or biology PhD programmes, or McMaster's computational science & engineering programme. While I strongly prefer students who have made at least some previous investment in quantitative tools, I do not have hard and fast rules about mathematical/statistical/computational prerequisites; please contact me to inquire.


(PhD) Morgan Kain, Mike Li; (MS) Evan Mitchell





I have published a book on statistical modeling for ecologists, in R: there is also a wiki for it, with updates, errata, and so forth. Feedback is welcome.

Software and data