Don DeAngelis

Research Professor

(305) 284-1690 (305) 284-1690 [Work Phone]


Research Interests

I am a theoretical ecologist with an interest in population dynamics, age and size structure of populations, food web theory, ecosystem theory, nutrient cycling, modeling of animal behavior and movement, evolutionary theory, forest dynamics, and global climate change. My recent interests have included modeling the dynamics of nutrients in streams and developing individual-based population models for populations of fish and other animals. I am currently working as part of a group to develop a landscape level model of the Everglades ecosystem.

Teaching Interests

I regularly teach Ecosystem Ecology (BIL537) and team-teach Dynamics of Water and Ecosystems (BIL592). On an ad hoc basis I teach small graduate-level classes in areas of nutrient cycling or other areas of ecosystem ecology, particularly where mathematical modeling is used. I am most interested in making the mathematical foundations of these and other subjects within the broad areas of ecology and evolution accessible to ecologists.


1972Ph.D. Yale University
1966B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Conservation and Restoration Biology, Mathematical and Theoretical Biology

Professional Experience

2004 - Editor, The American Naturalist
- Research Faculty Associate Professor, University of Miami
1994 - Ecologist, U. S. Geological Survey

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Conservation and Restoration Biology, Mathematical and Theoretical Biology


DeAngelis DL, Diaz SG. "Decision-making in agent-based modeling: A review and future prospectus. " Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6:237. (2019). [Link]

Teh SY, Koh HL, DeAngelis DL, Voss CI, Sternberg, LDSL. "Modeling δ18O as an early indicator of regime shift arising from salinity stress in coastal vegetation. " Hydrogeology Journal pp. 1-20. (2019).

Yurek S, DeAngelis DL. "Resource concentration mechanisms facilitate foraging success in simulations of a pulsed oligotrophic wetland." Landscape Ecology 34:583-601. (2019).

Wang Y, DeAngelis DL, "Energetic constraints and the paradox of a diffusing population in a heterogeneous environment." Theoretical Population Biology 125:30-37. (2019).

Zhai L, Krauss KW, Liu X, Duberstein JA, Conner WH, DeAngelis DL, Sternberg LSL "The effect of contrasting functional traits on plant water and nutrient stress in a coastal wetland impacted by high salinity." Environmental and Experimental Botany 155:378-386. (2018).

Feng Z, DeAngelis DL "Mathematical Models of Plant-Herbivore Interactions" CRC Press. 219 pp (2017).