I am an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and a faculty associate of the Ecology Center at Utah State University. I was previously an NSF postdoc at Georgia Tech in the Weitz Lab in the School of Biology. I completed my Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.

I am looking for graduate students to join my group. If you are interested, please follow the opportunities link for more information.

I am a theoretical ecologist interested in community-level ecological and evolutionary dynamics. I study the population and evolutionary dynamics of host-pathogen and predator-prey systems, and how interspecies interactions, evolution, and/or plastic adaptation alter the composition and dynamics of those communities.


Contact Information

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Utah State University
3900 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

Office: 216 Animal Science
Phone: (435) 797-7695
E-mail: michael.cortez[at]usu.edu