Frithjof Lutscher


Frithjof Lutscher
Full Professor

Dipl. Math.
Ph.D. (Tuebingen)

KED 203C

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3510

Work E-mail:

Lutscher, Frithjof


Research focuses on developing and analyzing mathematical models for spatio-temporal dynamics of complex, non-linear biological systems. Mathematically, this results in qualitative analysis of dynamical systems, given by ordinary or partial differential equations, integro-difference- or integro-differential equations. Several analytical and numerical approaches are used to investigate bifurcations, traveling waves and other phenomena. Biologically, topics come from spatial ecology and evolution: species invasions, habitat fragmentation, persistence and coexistence in rivers, adaptation, disease and resistance.

Selected publications:

  • G.A. Maciel, F. Lutscher (2013), How individual movement response to habitat edges affects population persistence and spatial spread, American Naturalist 182(1): 42-52
  • Y. Lou, F. Lutscher (2014), Evolution of dispersal in open advective environments, J. Math. Biol. 69(6-7): 1319-1342 DOI 10.1007/s00285-013-0730-2
  • G. Seo, F. Lutscher (2011), Spread Rates under Temporal Variability: Calculation and Application to Biological Invasions, Math Meth Mod Appl Sci 21(12): 2469–2489 (journal DOI)
  • F. Lutscher, R.M. Nisbet, E. Pachepsky (2010), Population persistence in the face of advection, Theoretical Ecology 3: 271-284, The original publication is available from Springerlink
  • Lutscher, F., E. Pachepsky, and M.A. Lewis. The effect of dispersal patterns on stream populations. SIAM REVIEWS 47 (4): 749-772., 2005

Supervised Students and Postdocs:

  • Graduate Students:
    • Alqawasmeh, Yousef
    • Aloraini, Najla
    • Dowdall, James (Co-supervised with Victor LeBlanc)
    • MacDonald, Jane S.
  • Postdoctoral Researchers:
    • Maciel, Gabriel Andreguetto

Research Group(s): Applied Mathematics


    • Member of CAMBAM
    • Member of CRM

Fields of Interest

  • Équations différentielles
  • Systèmes dynamiques
  • Biologie mathématiques
  • Écologie spatiale et évolution
  • Invasion biologique
  • Biologie de la conservation
  • Écosystèmes des rivières
  • Équations différentielles ordinaires et partielles
  • Équations de intégrodifférence
  • Bifurcations
Back to top