I have recently moved to Utah State University where I am an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. My new web page is http://math.usu.edu/cortez.
I am an NSF Mathematical Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Georgia Tech
in the Weitz Lab
in the School of Biology
. My postdoctoral mentor is
(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.