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Paula Federico

Paula Federico



  • Mathematics

Contact Information


Paula Federico is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to the U.S. in 2001 to pursue her Ph. D. She joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics at Capital University in 2009.

Previously, Paula was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at The Ohio State University. Her research interests are in the area of mathematical and computational ecology with applications to population dynamics, management and conservation of natural resources, epidemic/epizootic dynamics, and movement behavior.
Paula explains, "It is my goal to help students learn to think clearly, logically, and analytically; to understand the essence of the deductive method and mathematical proof. Mathematics is a required discipline for many students; it is my responsibility to help them understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life, arts, science, and technology. Applications aside, I want to help my students, especially math majors, to see the beauty in mathematics."
Calculus I
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Introduction to Computational Sciences
Linear Algebra
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph. D
University of Tennessee

Applied Statistics, Graduate Certificate
University of Tennessee

Mathematics, B. Sc.
Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Selected Publications

Refereed Journals
Sample, C., Fryxell, J. M., Bieri, J. A., Federico, P., Julia E. Earl, Ruscena Wiederholt, Brady J. Mattsson, D. T. Tyler Flockhart, Sam Nicol, Jay E. Diffendorfer, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Richard A. Erickson, D. Ryan Norris. (2018). A general modeling framework for describing spatio-temporal population dynamics. Ecology and Evolution8:493–508.

Bieri, J. A., Sample, C. Thogmartin, W. E., Diffendorfer, J.E., Earl, J. E., Erickson, R. A., Federico, P., Flockhart, D. T. T., Nicol, S., Semmens, D., Skraber, T., Wiederholt, R., Mattsson, B. J. (2018) A guide to calculating habitat-quality metrics to inform conservation of highly mobile species. Natural Resource Modeling

Wiederholt, R., Mattsson, B. J., Thogmartin, W. E., Runge, M. C., Diffendorfer, J. E., Erickson, R. A., Federico, P., López-Hoffman, L., Fryxell, J. M., Norris, D. R., Sample, C. (2017). Estimating the per-capita contribution of habitats and pathways in a migratory network: a modelling approach. Ecography40: 001–010.

Erickson, R. A., Diffendorfer, J. E., Norris D. R., Bieri, J. A., Earl, J. E., Federico, P., Fryxell, J. M., Long, K. R., Mattsson, B. J., Sample, C., Wiederholt, R., Thogmartin, W. E. (2017) Defining and classifying migratory habitats as sources and sinks: the migratory pathway approach. Journal of Applied
Ecology, June 2017.

An, G., Fitzpatrick, B. G., Christley, S., Federico, P., Kanarek, A., Miller Neilan, R., Oremland, M., Salinas, R. Laubenbacher, R., Lenhart, S. (2017). Optimization and Control of Agent-Based Models in Biology: A Perspective. Bulletin of Math Biology 79:63-87.

Titler, M., Maquivar, M.G., Bas, S., Rajala-Schultz, P.J., Gordon, E., McCullough, K., Federico, P., Schuenemann, G.M. (2015) Prediction of parturition in Holstein dairy cattle using electronic data loggers. Journal of Dairy Science 98 (8): 5304–5312.

Federico, P., Lenhart, S., Gross, L, and Ryan, D. (2013) Optimal Control in Individual Based Models: Implications from Aggregated Methods. American Naturalist 181(1):64-77

Book Chapters
Hallam, T.G. and Federico, P. 2009. Dynamics of Bat Populations: Construction and Analysis of Models. Book Chapter. In: Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats. Eds. Thomas Kunz and Stuart Parsons.

Federico, P. 2000. Capítulo II: Suceciones. In: Elementos de Matemática para la EGB 3. Capacitación Docente Educación General Básica 3er Ciclo. I.S.B.N. No 950-073-1. Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires.

Federico, P., Ferrati, R. & Gamondi, R.2000. Capítulo VIII: Vectores. In: Elementos de Matemática para la EGB 3. Capacitación Docente Educación General Básica 3er Ciclo. I.S.B.N. No 950-073-1. Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires.

Canziani, G., Federico, P. 2000. Capítulo VIII: Funciones y Modelización. In: Nociones Básicas de Matemática para el Ingreso a la Universidad. Publicación del Dpto. de Formación Docente, de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas. I.S.B.N. O.C. 950-658-0.81-2. Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Pcia. de Buenos Aires.