James Watmough  2015 University Research Scholar

Before joining UNB as an Assistant Professor in 2000, Dr.  Watmough held an NSERC PDF fellowship at the University of Victoria working with Dr. Pauline van den Dtiessche, a leading researcher in the field of Mathematical Biology.  At UNB, Dr. Watmough was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2002 and a Full Professor in 2008.   His research interests can be broadly described as mathematical modelling of infectious diseases and formulating and analyzing models motivated by specific problems in ecology. As of November 2014, Dr. Watmough has published over 50 research papers. His work is highly cited by peer researchers in his field.   His joint paper with Dr. Pauline van den Driessche of University of Victoria ''Reproduction numbers and sub-threshold endemic equilibria for compartmental models of disease transmission" alone has been cited 1,737 times as of November 2014 according to Google Scholar. The same paper was awarded the Tenth Bell­man prize in 2005 for the best paper in Mathematical Biosciences during 2002-2003.

Dr. Watmough's research has been funded by NSERC, AARMS, the Hu­man Frontier Science Program (HFSP) and MITACS with total grants over three million dollars. In particular, Dr. Watmough was the leading princi­pal investigator for the MITACS Network project: Network for Biological Invasions and Dispersal Research.  Due to his high profile in Mathematical Biology, Dr. Watmough serves as a member  of the AARMS Scientific Review Panel, as chair of the Cecil Graham Doctoral Thesis Award Committee (CAlMS), as an Associate Editor for Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering and the Journal of Biological Dynamics, and as the attaining director for the Centre of Disease Modeling, a national research center based at York University.  Moreover, Dr. Watmough has been frequently invited to give lectures at national and international Summer Schools, to speak at national and international conferences, and to participate in intemational initiatives such as Canada-China Thematic Program on infectious disease modeling.