Welcome to my site. My research focuses on the use of stochastic processes in Biology. Yes, using ‘focuses’ and ‘the entire field of Biology’ in the same sentence seems terribly contradictory. However, I do regard both, stochastic processes and statistics as the ideal language to translate fundamental questions in Biology into testable hypotheses that can be confronted with real data. This research focus grew from the the application of stochastic processes in Ecology and Evolution, to Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology and Fisheries, to Epidemiological modeling, Microbial Community Ecology, Population Genetics and Phylogenetics. Early in my academic formation as a Biologist I recognized the importance of Mathematics. My two sources of inspiration were Pielou’s book “Mathematical Ecology” and Eric Pianka’s ”Evolutionary Ecology” monograph. That was around 1995. Later on, I traded the field boots for programming, paper, pencils and lots of erasers. The journey has been both, fascinating and rewarding. Here you’ll find links to publications, projects and working ideas from my Lab at University of Florida. Enjoy your visit and e-mail me if you have questions, comments and critiques!
P.D. I took the picture above in December 1998, at the “Torres del Paine” National Park in Chile.