Jacob Duncan

Faculty Profiles

Jacob Duncan

Assistant Professor
Mathematics Computer Science
Environmental Studies
13 Madeleva Hall


PhD, Utah State University
MA, Minnesota State University, Mankato
BS, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

Research Interests 

  • Mathematical biology, ecology, psychology
  • Integrodifference equations
  • Fast-slow dynamical systems

Courses Recently Taught 

  • MATH 104: Finite Mathematics
  • MATH 105: Elements of Calculus I
  • MATH 106: Elements of Calculus II
  • MATH 132: Calculus II
  • MATH 335: Differential Equations II
  • MATH 381: Mathematical Modeling

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Developed course MATH 107: Mathematics for Sustainability
  • Duncan JP, Rozum RN, Powell JA, Kettenring KM. 2017. Multi-scale methods predict invasion speeds in variable landscapes, Case study: Phragmites australis. Theoretical Ecology 1-17
  • Duncan JP, Powell JA. 2016. Analytic approximation of invasion wave amplitude predicts severity of insect outbreaks. SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics 77(1):294-314
  • Bentz BJ, Duncan JP, Powell JA. 2016. Elevational shifts in thermal suitability for mountain pine beetle population growth in a changing climate. Forestry doi: 10.1093/forestry/cpv054
  • Duncan JP, Powell JA, Gordillo LF, Eason J. 2015. A model for mountain pine beetle outbreaks in an age structured forest: predicting severity and outbreak-recovery cycle period. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 77(7):1-29