# Bolker, Ben

##### Professor, Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics, McMaster University

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario,

Canada L8S 4K1

905-525-9140, **ext. 23320**

905-522-0935 (fax)

bolker@math.mcmaster.ca**Office:** HH/314

Website: http://ms.mcmaster.ca/~bolker/

## Research

**Research Area:** Mathematical Biology

**Research Profile:** *Mathematical Biology*I work on a wide variety of problems in theoretical ecology and evolution.

Mathematical interests: the use of "moment equations" (equations for the mean, variance, and second-order spatial statistics such as spatial correlation) to understand the qualitative dynamics of biological communities (e.g. hosts and parasites, competing plant species)interacting in continuous spatial arenas.

Biological interests: host/parasite interactions, broadly defined to include any "intimate association" among natural enemies and their victims: viruses, bacteria, and classical macroparasites. I work on the general dynamics of infectious disease epidemics, and particularly on the evolution of virulence.

Statistical interests: fitting of parameters for ecological and evolutionary models, especially in a maximum likelihood settings. My recent work has focused on improvement and dissemination of tools for fitting generalized linear mixed models.