Michael H. Cortez, Assistant Professor

Graduate Students

I am currently searching for graduate students to join my group.

Two possible projects are in theoretical ecology and theoretical epidemiology. The project in theoretical epidemiology will involve modeling multi-host-multi-pathogen systems, as part of the NSF funded project, "Collaborative Research: Development and empirical tests of a mechanistic multi-host, multi-pathogen theory." The project in theoretical ecology focuses on modeling evolving or phenotypically plastic populations, as part of the NSF funded project, "Developing, unifying, and empirically testing theory for inducible and evolving defenses." Both projects are parts of empirical-theory collaborations (Meghan Duffy at the University of Michigan and Edward Hammill at Utah State University, respectively). Both projects can involve the development and analysis of general mathematical models, with a goal of generating new mathematical theory, or the development, analysis, and parameterization of models tailored to the empirical systems.

Applicants should hold a bachelors or masters degree in the life sciences or quantitative sciences (e.g., mathematics or computational biology). I am looking for self-motivated and hardworking students who have a strong quantitative background, excellence in academic performance, and effective oral and written communication skills. Because of the way admissions work at the department level, interested candidates must contact me before mid-November and before applying to FSU graduate programs. Please send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of three references as a single pdf to michael.cortez[at]usu.edu.


Currently I do not have funding for postdocs. I am interested in working with propspective postdocs to apply for postodoctoral fellowships, e.g., through the National Science Foundation. Please contact me if you are interested in applying.