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Kamuela (Wela) E. Yong, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Mathematical, Computational & Modelings Sciences Center

School of Mathematics & Statistical Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ. 85287-1804

Office: PSA 545

Office Hours: 1:00-2:30 PM, M W

Phone: (480) 727-6375

Fax: (480) 727-7346



About Me:

I am originally from Hawaii but now reside in Arizona with my wife Tasha.


My current research interests are in mathematical ecohydrology, ecology, and epidemiology. I am working with Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul from the School of Sustainability at ASU, Dr. Thomas Kaeo Duarte from Kamehameha Schools and Dr. Healani Chang from the  University of Hawaii to model biodiversity in river networks in Hawaii. Additionally I am working with Dr. Anuj Mubayi from Northeastern Illinois University and Dr. Christopher Kribs Zaleta from UT Arlington to model the interactions between hosts and vectors of the Trypanosoma Cruzi parasite in Texas.


I received my Ph.D in applied mathematics from the program in Applied Mathematical & Computational Sciences at the University of Iowa in 2012 under the direction of my advisors Dr. Yi Li (College of Sciences and Mathematics, Wright State University) and Dr. Stephen D. Hendrix (Department of Biology, UI). In my Ph.D. thesis I modeled bee movement in almond orchards using a system of partial differential equations with cross- and self-diffusion. Currently I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the NSF - National Alliance for Building Faculty Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences with appointments in the Mathematical, Computational & Modeling Sciences Center (MCMSC) and School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences (SoMSS). My postdoctoral mentor is Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez.


Fall 2013 MAT 265 Calculus for Engineers I
Summer 2013 AML 100 Introduction to Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Fall 2012 MAT 265 Calculus for Engineers I