‌Don DeAngelis


271 Cox Science Center
1301 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
E-mail: ddeangelis@bio.miami.edu
Office: (305) 284-1690
Fax: (305) 284-3039

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  • Editor, The American Naturalist, 2004 -present, Editorial boards: currently Ecological Complexity, Previously, Ecosystems, Mathematical Bioseicnes, Ecology, Ecological Monographs, Nonlier World, Journal of Aquatic Stress and Recovery
  • Research Faculty Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Miami
  • 1994-present, Ecologist, U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Florida Caribbean Science Center, Department of Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124
  • 1972, Ph.D., Yale University,Engineering and Applied Science, New Haven, Connecticut (Plasma Physics)
  • 1966, B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,Cambridge, Massachusetts (Physics)


  • Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Technical Publications Award, 1991
  • First Place, 1990 International Technical Publication Competition, sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication
  • Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. Technical Publications Award, 1987
  • Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. Technical Publications Award, 1986
  • Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1983


  • "Greater Everglades Priority Ecological Science Program"  USGS, FY2017

    "Spatial Gradients in Nutrient Recycling and Their Effect on Stream Ecosystem Stability". National Science Foundation, April 1, 1991 - March 31, 1994. Co-Principal Investigators, D. L. DeAngelis and P. J. Mulholland

  • "Compensatory Mechanisms in Fish Populations", Electric Power Research Institute. 1988 - 1996. Approximately Principal Investigator, W. Van Winkle. D. L. DeAngelis developed the approach used and wrote the initial funded proposal
  • "Synthesis of Species-Population Dynamics and Ecosystem Processes: Theoretical Study of the Stability and Development of Food Web Structure". National Science Foundation, United States - Japan Cooperative Science Program. January 1, 1991 - December 31, 1992.Co-Principal Investigators, E. Teramoto and D. L. DeAngelis.Environmental Sciences Division Scientific Achievement Award for 1982


  • Conservation and Restoration Biology
  • Mathematical and Theoretical Biology


I am a theoretical ecologist with an interest in population dynamics, age and size structure of populations, food web theory, ecosystem theory, forest dynamics, nutrient cycling, modeling of animal behavior and movement, and evolutionary theory. My recent interests have included developing individual-based population models for populations of fish and other animals. I am coordinator of a US Geological Survey program developing a suite of landscape-level models of the Everglades ecosystem.


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.


Feng, Zhilan and D. L. DeAngelis. 2017.  Mathematical Models of Plant-Herbivore Interactions. CRC Press. 219 pp.

Jager, H.I., and DeAngelis, D.L., 2018, The confluences of ideas leading to, and the flow of ideas emerging from, individual-based modeling of riverine fishes: Ecological Modelling 384:341-352.

Heermann, L., D. L. DeAngelis, and J. Borcherding.  2017. A new mechanistic approach for the further development of a population with established size bimodality.  PLoS One 12:e0179339.

Barraquand, F., S. Louca, K. C. Abbott, C. A. Cobbold, F. Cordoleani, D. L. DeAngelis, B. D. Elderd, J. W. Fox, P. Greenwood, F. M. Hilker, F. Lutscher, D. Murray, C. R. Stieha, R. A. Taylor, K. Vitense, G. Wolkowicz, R. C. Tyson. 2017. Moving forward in circles: challenges and opportunities in modeling cycles, by Barraquand et al.  Ecology Letters 20:1074-1092

Zhang, B. A. Kula, K. M. L. Mack, L. Zhai, A. L. Ryce, W.‐M. Ni, D. L. DeAngelis, and J. D. Van Dyken. "Carrying capacity in a heterogeneous environment with habitat connectivity." Ecology letters 20, no. 9 (2017): 1118-1128.

DeAngelis, D. L., and S. Yurek.  2017. Spatially-explicit Ecosystem Modeling in Ecology: A Review Ecosystems. 20:284-300.  DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-0066-z.