I am an NSF Mathematical Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Georgia Tech in the Weitz Lab in the School of Biology. My postdoctoral mentor is Joshua Weitz (Biology and Physics). I completed my Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. My Ph.D. advisor was Stephen Ellner (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).

I am a mathematical biologist interested in studying how interactions between evolutionary and plastic adaptation and ecological processes alter the composition and dynamics of natural communities. I am particularly interested in how evolution and plasticity alter the community dynamics of predator-prey and host-pathogen systems. I also study the mathematical properties and phenomena that arise in biologically motivated classes of dynamical systems. This work primarily focuses on fast-slow dynamical systems.

Contact Information

School of Biology
Georgia Institute of Technology
310 Ferst Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30332

Office: 235 Cherry Emerson
E-mail: michael.cortez[at]biology.gatech.edu