I am a biomathematician predominantly focusing on cryobiology, the study of life at low temperatures.  Cryobiology presents a natural setting for mathematical problems involving heat and mass transfer in biological systems, often coupled to external environments. My contributions involve parameter identification, model formulation, and optimization of these models.

The bulk of my current research is on model development, parameter estimation, and analytic and numeric optimal control of the heat and mass transfer problems intrinsic to cryobiology.

I am also presently very actively working in the area of “dead reckoning” or “path integration” (not in the line integral sense!).  We are trying to quantify the effects of neural pathologies on the movement of animals and humans.


“In mathematical biology you don’t just want to be cleaning up after the parade.”

    -Hans Othmer

“Nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear.”

    -Leonard Euler

Contact Info:

Northern Illinois University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

DeKalb, IL 60115-2888

Office: Watson Hall 366

Phone: 815-753-6764

Email: benson@math.niu.edu

Here is my Curriculum Vitae.

James D. Benson, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematical Sciences