Ryan C. Kennedy received his B.S. and M.S degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, also at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include agent-based simulations, bioinformatics, with a focus on computational pipelines for the discovery and annotation of transposable elements, and verification and validation of agent-based simulations. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and the Society for Computer Simulation.
Kelly E. Lane received her B.S. from the University of Denver, her M.S. from Saint Louis University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on host-parasite dynamics and the ecology and evolution of wildlife infectious diseases. In past research, she has examined the effects of population size and developmental stress on the morphology and parasite burden of Vespertilionidae bats. Currently, she is exploring the ecological drivers of pathogen emergence by investigating the influence of anthropogenic landscapes on gastrointestinal parasite dynamics and population structure of primates in Southeast Asia.
S. M. Niaz Arifin received his B.S. from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2004 and his M.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2006. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include agent-based simulations, mathematical modeling in biology and data mining. His M.S. research focus was on artificial intelligence and natural language processing. He served as a software developer in the stereotactic breast cancer treatment project at Xcision Medical Systems, California and the Rails online database project at Sabre Holdings Corporation, Texas.
Agustín Fuentes completed a B.A. in Zoology and Anthropology, and an M.A. & Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught in the Department of Anthropology and directed the Primate Behavior and Ecology Program at Central Washington University from 1996-2002 and is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching interests include the evolution of social complexity in human and primate societies, cooperation and conflict negotiation across primates, including humans, and reproductive behavior and ecology. He is also interested in issues of human-nonhuman primate interactions, disease and pathogen transfer. Fuentes’ recent published work includes the books “Evolution of Human Behavior” (Oxford University press) “Core Concepts in Biological Anthropology” (McGraw-Hill) and “Primates in Perspective” (coedited, Oxford University Press) and articles such as “It’s Not All Sex and Violence: Integrated Anthropology and the Role of Cooperation and Social Complexity in Human Evolution” and “The humanity of animals and the animality of humans: A view from biological anthropology inspired by J.M. Coetzees’ Elizabeth Costello” in the American Anthropologist, and “Human culture and monkey behavior: Assessing the contexts of potential pathogen transmission between macaques and humans” in the American Journal of Primatology. His current research projects include assessing behavior, ecology, and pathogen transmission in human-monkey interactions in Southeast Asia and Gibraltar and examining the roles of cooperation, social negotiation, and patterns of niche construction in primate and human evolution.
Hope Hollocher received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Population and Evolutionary Genetics from Washington University in St. Louis. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, she taught in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at Princeton University from 1994-2000 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Her main research focus is on genetic mechanisms underlying speciation, evolution and development, and landscape genetics, and she has published extensively on those topics in a variety of journals including, Evolution, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Genetical Research, Heredity, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has received recognition for her work as the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Young Investigators Award in Molecular Studies of Evolution and held the Clare Boothe Luce Collegiate Chair in Biology at the University of Notre Dame from 2000-2005. She is an active member of several scientific societies and has held appointed and elected positions in the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her most recent research incorporates population genetic theory into issues of disease ecology and investigates how genetic structuring of host populations influences the transmission and differentiation of pathogens in primates.
Gregory R. Madey received the Ph.D and M.S. degrees in operations research from Case Western Reserve University and the M.S. and B.S degrees in mathematics from Cleveland State University. He worked in industry for several firms, including Goodyear Aerospace, Gould Oceans Systems (now part of Northrup-Grumman), and Loral (now part of Lockheed Martin). He is currently faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. His research includes topics in agent-based modeling and simulation, emergency management modeling and simulation, web-services and service oriented architectures, bioinformatics, web portals for scientific collaboration, open source software, and cyberinfrastructure. He has published in various journals including, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Computing in Science & Engineering, The Journal of Systems & Software, BMC Bioinformatics, Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, Nucleic Acids Research, Decision Sciences, The European Journal of OR, Omega, Expert Systems with Applications, and Expert Systems. He is a member of the ACM, AIS, IEEE Computer Society, Informs, and the Society for Computer Simulation.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0639787. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Development of this model was also made possible through partial support from the University of Notre Dame Center for Research Computing and the Leakey Foundation.