Workshop on Mathematical Biology and Nonlinear Analysis

Workshop on Mathematical Biology and Nonlinear Analysis

December 19 - December 21, 2014
The University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida


One of the major developments in the applications of mathematics in recent years has been the systematic feedback between nonlinear analysis and mathematical biology. Methods and ideas from nonlinear analysis such as local and global bifurcation theory, monotone dynamical systems theory, and persistence theory have been applied with considerable success to problems arising in ecology, epidemiology, evolution, and other areas of biology. Problems from biology have in turn motivated new research into nonlinear problems in dynamical systems, control theory, partial differential equations and their nonlocal analogues, and integro-difference equations, among other areas.

The workshop will also give us an opportunity to celebrate Steve Cantrell's 60th birthday. Steve turned 60 earlier this year. We will hold a workshop banquet in honor of this milestone.

Principal Speakers

William Fagan (University of Maryland, College Park)
Suzanne Lenhart (University of Tennessee, Knoxville and National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis [NIMBioS])
Simon Levin (Princeton University)
Paul Rabinowitz (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Hal Smith (Arizona State University)


There will also be special sessions on mathematical biology, nonlinear analysis, and reaction-diffusion equations and dynamical systems, with invited talks. Special session presentations are by invitation only, but any researcher active in those and related areas is welcome to register and attend the workshop. We particularly encourage graduate students, recent Ph.D.'s and members underrepresented groups to participate.

We have a limited amount of funding to support participants who do not have their own travel funds. To apply for financial support for travel, please send a message to the organizers at Please indicate that you are applying for funding, and include your contact information, a copy of your CV, and a statement of what funding (if any) you already have for travel. If you are female or are a member of a minority that is underrepresented in the STEM disciplines please indicate that in your message. (Underrepresented minorities include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.) Please use "WMBNA travel support" in the subject line of your message.


University of Miami Institute for Theoretical and Mathematical Ecology (ITME)
University of Miami Department of Mathematics
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences
University of Miami Office of the Vice Provost for Research
National Science Foundation

Organizing Committee

Chris Cosner (University of Miami), Yuan Lou (Ohio State University and Renmin University of China), Shigui Ruan (University of Miami), and Wenxian Shen (Auburn University).

For Additional Information

Contact the organizers at