Amy Veprauskas, PhD, joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an assistant professor in August 2018. She received her PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2016 from the University of Arizona and her MA/BA in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College in 2010. She is originally from New Hampshire.
Dr. Veprauskas's research area is mathematical biology. She utilizes mathematical models to examine how population and evolutionary dynamics are impacted by properties of the environment or intrinsic properties of the population, such as environmental toxicants and population structure. These models can be used to address questions such as: How does variation in individuals at different development stages impact population dynamics? How may evolutionary changes in a population alter long-term population trends? How long will it take for a population to recover from a disturbance? And, what are the best management strategies for reducing that recovery time? Applications of her research have included examining how cannibalism may contribute to reproductive synchrony in a gull population and studying how resilient sperm whales in the gulf may be to environmental disturbances such as oil spills.