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Benjamin Morin

Benjamin Morin's research interests lie in modeling techniques such as pair approximations, mean field equations (ODE and PDE), network models, and stochastic simulation applied to the fields of ecology, economics, epidemiology, statistical mechanics, and the social sciences. Specifically, his research has focused on measuring the effect heterogeneity (physiological, behavioral, and spatial) has on the spread of diseases.

He is currently involved in the “Modeling Anthropogenic Effects In The Spread Of Infectious Diseases” project, a collaborative research project (between ASU, the University of Georgia, UC Santa Cruz, Princeton, Michigan State, UC Davis, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign among others) which is incorporating the economic drivers of contact into dynamic models of emerging human and animal infectious disease systems, analyzing the system dynamics with and without adaptive responses, and calibrating these models for a set of diseases where adaptive responses (possibly driven by incentives for managing diseases) are an important aspect of the problem.

He received his B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Maine, his M.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Ecosystems Informatics at Oregon State University and his Ph.D. in Applied Math for the Life and Social Sciences from Arizona State University.


Eli P. Fenichel, Carlos Castillo-Chavez, M. Graziano Ceddi, Gerardo Chowell, Paula Andrea Gonzalez Parra, Graham J. Hickling, Garth Holloway, Richard D. Horan, Benjamin Morin, Charles Perrings, Michael Springborn, Leticia Velazquez, & Cristina Villalobos, Adaptive human behavior in epidemiological models. PNAS April 12, 2011, Vol. 108, N. 15, pp. 6306-6311.

Daniel Hruschka, Alexandra Brewis, Amber Wutich, & Benjamin Morin, Shared Norms Provide Limited Explanation for the Social Clustering of Obesity. American Journal of Public Health, December 2011, Vol. 101, No. S1, pp. S295-S300.

Benjamin Morin, Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Shu-Fang Hsu Schmitz, Anuj Mumbayi, & Xiaohong Wang, Notes From the Heterogeneous: A Few Observations on the Implications and Necessity of Affinity. Journal of Biological Dynamics, Vol. 4(5), pp.456-477, 2010.

Benjamin Morin, Liana Medina-Rios, Erika Camacho, & Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Static Behavioral Effects on Gonorrhea Transmission Dynamics in a MSM Population. Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol. 267(1), pp. 35-40, 2010.

David Hiebeler & Benjamin Morin, The effect of static and dynamic spatially structured disturbances on a locally dispersing population. Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol. 246, pp.136144, 2007 .