Inaugural Chair in Mathematical Biology

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis. Credit: University of Alberta Faculty of Science/2016

Dr. Mark Lewis joins the Faculty of Science as the inaugural Gilbert and Betty Kennedy Chair in Mathematical Biology and Professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Biology.

Lewis' research focus is spatial ecology. He applies mathematical modeling to biological problems, like modeling the process of territorial pattern formation in wolves and predicting population spread in biological invasions. He is also co-directing OMNI-RÉUNIS, a new national network on emerging infectious diseases.

I’m thrilled to come back to UVic as an alumnus. I’m very fortunate to be able to take up the Kennedy Chair in Mathematical Biology. My goal is to help develop and strengthen the already world-class program at UVic that connects mathematics to key biological subjects like epidemiology, ecology and health.

As an educator, I’m excited to be involved in the new Biology and Mathematics and Statistics undergraduate program. These are the areas I studied at UVic many years ago, and my professors at the time inspired me to go on to do graduate work in the field. I feel like now is a time I can give back and help others to achieve their goals.

—Mark Lewis, Gilbert and Betty Kennedy Chair in Mathematical Biology

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