‌Don DeAngelis


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E-mail: ddeangelis@bio.miami.edu
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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


  • "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.


  • Jiang, Jiang, D. L. DeAngelis, Bo Zhang, and J. E. Cohen. 2014.  Population age and initial size in a patchy environment affect the occurrence of abrupt transitions in a birth-and-death model of Taylor’s law. Ecological Modelling 289:59-65.

    Liu, R., D. L. DeAngelis, and J. P. Bryant.   2014. Dynamics of herbivore and resource on a landscape of resources and refuges interspersed on a landscape. Theoretical Ecology 7:195-208.

    Bryant, J. P., K. Joly, F. S. Chapin, III, and D. L. DeAngelis.  2014. Will plant defense mediate browsing impacts on treeline and shrub advance into tundra?  A case study of Betula in a warming climate.  Ecography 37:204-2011. (Selected as Editor’s Choice for issue)

    Jiang, J. and DeAngelis, D.L. 2013. Strong species-environment feedback shapes plant community assembly along environmental gradients. Ecology and Evolution. 3(12): 4119-4128. (Voted as outstanding theoretical paper of the year by Ecological Society of America Theory Section.)

    Giacomini, H.,  D. L. DeAngelis, J. C. Trexler, and M. Petrere, Jr. 2013. Trait contributions to fish community assembly emerge from trophic interactions in an individual-based model. Ecological Modelling 251:32-43.

  • DeAngelis, D. L., G. S. K. Wolkowicz, Yuan Lou, Yuexin Jiang, M. Novak, R. Svanback, M. Araujo, and YoungSeung Jo.  2011. The effect of travel loss on evolutionary stable distributions of populations in space.  The American Naturalist 178:15-29.