First Advisor

Tim Trenary


Max Boeck


Regis College

Degree Name


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

35 pages


Biomathematics as a field has grown substantially over the last 50 years. It has found success in modeling biological phenomena in a variety of areas ranging from ecology to molecular biology [Mackey and Maini, 2015]. Furthermore, the continued development of biomath may be invaluable in understanding current challenges in biology, such as predicting the effects of climate change on different ecosystems. All successful interdisciplinary research depends different types of scientists having the ability to understand and collaborate well with each other. Traditionally, mathematicians are exclusively trained in theoretical systems, while biologists usually work in experimentally driven laboratory settings. As a result, collaboration can lead to miscommunications and fundamental misunderstandings about both the system being studied and the mathematical tools being used. The author argues that until biomath becomes fully integrated into biology such miscommunications cannot be avoided and the field will not reach its full potential.

Date of Award

Winter 2019

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

Rights Statement

All content in this Collection is owned by and subject to the exclusive control of Regis University and the authors of the materials. It is available only for research purposes and may not be used in violation of copyright laws or for unlawful purposes. The materials may not be downloaded in whole or in part without permission of the copyright holder or as otherwise authorized in the “fair use” standards of the U.S. copyright laws and regulations.