### Richard Karsten (Chair)

*Professor**Department of Mathematics and Statistics**Acadia University*

Dr. Karsten received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics in 1992 from the University of Waterloo and his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1998 from the University of Alberta. He held a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Karsten’s research interests are in tidal energy, physical oceanography, fluid dynamics and computational mathematics. [Contact information]

### Hong Gu

*Professor**Department of Mathematics and Statistics**Dalhousie University*

Dr. Hong Gu received a B.Sc in Mathematics from the Beijing Normal University in 1989 and an MSc in probability and statistics from Peking University in 1991. She received her PhD in statistics from the University of Hong Kong in 1999. She held a postdoctoral position between 1999 and 2001 in The University of Waterloo and moved to Halifax in 2001. She has since worked in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Dalhousie University. Dr. Gu’s research interests are in applied statistics: currently she works on metagenomic data analysis, data mining in medical data and statistical methods in molecular evolution.

### Scott MacLachlan

*Professor**Department of Mathematics and Statistics**Memorial University*

Dr. MacLachlan received a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004. After postdoctoral periods at the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, and the Delft University of Technology, he joined the faculty of Tufts University in January 2008, and joined Memorial University in July 2014. Dr. MacLachlan's research interests lie in computational applied mathematics and scientific computation. In particular, his work centers on the development and analysis of finite-element and multigrid methods, typically for PDE-based models of fluid and solid mechanics.

### Asokan Mulayath Variyath

*Associate Professor*

*Department of Mathematics and Statistics*

*Memorial University*

Asokan Mulayath Variyath is an Associate Professor of Statistics in the department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Memorial University. During 1991-2001, he worked as a faculty member at SQC & OR Division of Indian Statistical Institute. He obtained his PhD in Statistics from University of Waterloo in 2006 and then moved to Texas A & M University as postdoc. In 2008, he joined Memorial University as Assistant Professor of Statistics. His main research interests are industrial statistics, design of experiments, machine learning, computational statistics, survival analysis and longitudinal studies. Currently he is the president of Statistics Education Section of Statistical Society of Canada.

### James Watmough

*Professor**Department of Mathematics and Statistics**University of New Brunswick*

James Watmough received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics in 1989 and his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1997: both from the University of British Columbia. He held a postdoctoral position at Virgina Tech and a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Victoria. He is currently a Professor (Mathematics) at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Dr. Watmough's research interests are in mathematical and theoretical ecology. His current work involves questions in spatial ecology with a particular focus on salt marsh and mudflat communities in Atlantic Canada.