Curriculum Vitae

James A. Vance


|Education |Experience |Presentations |Publications |Professional Activity| |Awards and Outreach|

Education

Ph.D., Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, August, 2006

M.S., Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, December, 2001

M.N.R., Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, May, 2014

B.S., Mathematics, Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA, May, 2000

A.A.&S., Education, Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands, VA, May, 1998


Certifications and Licenses

Chemical Immobilization of Animals Certification, Safe-Capture International, 2012

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Certification, 2008-present

Health Insurance License, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2008-present

Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts License, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2008-present


Work Experience

Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, The University of Virginia's College at Wise, Wise, VA, Fall 2012-present

Ecological Society of America Education Scholar, Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Data Discovery Faculty Mentoring Network, Wise, VA, Spring 2016

Research Associate, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, The University of Virginia's College at Wise, Wise, VA, Fall 2006-Summer 2012

Guest Lecturer, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom, March 2008

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics (ICAM), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Summer 2002-Summer 2003

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Summer 2000-Spring 2002 and Fall 2003-Spring 2006


Courses Taught

Mathematics and Engineering

Mathematics Seminar (MTH 4990 UVAWise), 2008-2011

Applied Numerical Methods (Math 4404/AOE 4404 Virginia Tech), 2004

Multivariable Calculus (MTH 3400 UVAWise), 2009-present

Introduction to Numerical Methods (MTH 3380/CSC 3380 UVAWise), 2007-present

Introduction to Linear Algebra (MTH 3130 UVAWise), 2007-present

Ordinary Differential Equations (MTH 3110 UVAWise), 2006-present

Calculus III (MTH 3060 UVAWise), 2008-2011

Calculus II (Math 1206 Virginia Tech & MTH 2050 UVAWise), 2003-2007

Calculus I (MTH 2040 UVAWise), 2008-2010

Engineering Analysis Using Numerical Methods (Math 2004/ME 2004 Virginia Tech), 2004

Calculus with Matrices II (Math 1526 Virginia Tech), 2001

Calculus with Matrices I (Math 1525 Virginia Tech), 2001

Precalculus II (MTH 1210 UVAWise), 2008-2010

Precalculus I (MTH 1110 UVAWise), 2007-2011

Finite Mathematics (MTH 1020 UVAWise), 2006

College Algebra (MTH 1010 UVAWise), 2006

Statistics

Elementary Probability and Statistics (MTH 1180 UVAWise), 2011-present

Biology

Special Topics: Wildlife Field Techniques (BIO 4952 UVAWise), 2012

Special Topics: Mathematical Modeling in Ecology (Math 395/Biol 495 UVAWise), 2007

Co-taught: Introduction to Biological Diversity Laboratory (BIO 1021 UVAWise), 2016


Graduate Committee Member

Derek Fields, Sensitivity Analysis of Omnivory Models for Wolves in Yellowstone National Park after Restoration, Master of Arts in Mathematics, Marshall University, Spring 2017


Undergraduate Research Mentor

Daria Blach, Logistic Regression and Predictors of Wildlife Vehicle Collisions, Mathematics and Chemistry Double Major, UVAWise, Spring 2017

Joshua Townsend, Least Squares Regression with Application to GPS Telemetry, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Spring 2017

Gabrielle Smith, Species Composition and Spatial Distribution of Wildlife Vehicle Collisions in Southwest Virginia, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2016. Honorary student speaker for 2017 UVAWise Commencement. Presented at The Wildlife Society's 2016 Annual Conference, the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the 2015 National Conference of Undergraduate Research, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the 2015 Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference, and The University of Virginia's College at Wise's Council of Undergraduate Research. Co-author of journal article, Public geospatial datasets as an approach to maximizing efficiency in the collection of site covariates in wildlife-vehicle collision studies, Human-Wildlife Interactions 11(1), Spring 2017

Michelle Guzman, The Lorenz Attractor and Stability of Nonlinear Equations, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2016

Maya Hamlett, The Effectiveness of Elk Reintroduction in Virginia, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2015

Jessica Hensley, A Comparison of Home Range Methods for Reintroduced Elk in Virginia, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Spring 2015

Parvati Gopalan, Calculating the Homerange of Elk: A Statistical Approach, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Spring 2013. Presented at the 2013 International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research and published paper in the Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research

Christina Eads, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model with Predator Stage Structure, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2012. Presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Southeastern Atlantic Section at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and published paper in the COPLAC Metamorphosis Journal and Letters in Biomathematics

Jennifer Ryan, A Statistical Analysis of Real Estate Data in Denver, Colorado, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2012

Kevin Wilson, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2011. Published paper in the International Journal of Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences

Zachary Martin, Creating a Mutual Understanding of Competition and Predator-Prey Models for Mathematicians and Scientists, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Spring 2011

Derek Fields, Sensitivity Analysis of a Linear Response Omnivory Model, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2009. Published paper in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences

Tuan Pham, Evaluation of Downing Population Reconstruction using Sensitivity Analysis and Computer Model Simulations, Mathematics and Computer Science Major, UVAWise, Spring 2009. Presented at Celebrating Student Excellence: The Third Annual Student Research Symposium and at the COPLAC 2009 Regional Undergraduate Research Conference.

Josh Lawson, Whitetail Deer Population Reconstruction Modeling, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2008

Victor Maciel, Population Dynamics of Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Mathematics Major, UVAWise, Fall 2007


Research Experience

Research Associate, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Virginia Tech Black Bear Research Center, analyze remote sensing images, help with black bear immobilization, body measurements, blood sampling, and ultrasound, help with elk sightability study using helicopter survey, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Principal Investigator, Spatial Ecology and Management of Elk in Virginia, elk relocation, GPS collaring of elk, GPS collar performance in mountainous terrain, home range analysis, resource selection, spatial distribution, Spring 2013-present

Research Volunteer, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Complementary Workforce Program, nuisance black bear and deer relocation, elk restoration, canadian geese banding, deer management hunts, CWD sampling, Spring 2012-present

Research Volunteer, University of Kentucky, Black Bear Ecology Project and Bull Elk Ecology Project, helped with working up tranquilized black bears and bull elk, May-June 2012

Research Volunteer, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Black Bear Population Study using Hair Snares, helped set up hair snare bait stations, May 2012

Co-Principal Investigator, Southwest Virginia Outdoor Classroom and Dominion Higher Educational Partnership, camera trapping, meso-mammal trapping, small mammal trapping and ear tagging, electroshocking and fish survey, fish DNA collection from fin clip, cover board survey, visual implant elastomer and PIT tagging, frog pipe refuge survey, bat survey, bird survey with mist netting, UVA Wise, Fall 2011-Summer 2012

Research Consultant, NASA Applied Sciences DEVELOP Program, mathematical and statistical modeling, Wise, VA, Spring 2011

Field Research Technician, Felid Conservation Project in Belize, Central America, camera trapping, habitat evaluation, and predator ecology, Virginia Tech and UVA Wise, July 2007

Research Consultant, Freshwater Mussel Restoration in the Clinch River, mussel survey, river survey, snorkeling, and ecological modeling, Virginia Tech, Summer 2005

Wildlife Field Techniques Class, radio telemetry, animal capture and marking, habitat selection, small mammal trapping and ear tagging, salamander counts, track counts, camera trapping, mist netting for birds and bats, Virginia Tech, Spring 2005

Graduate Research Assistant, Mathematics Department and Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics (ICAM), heat equation, mathematical modeling, sensitivity analysis, control theory, Virginia Tech, Summer 2002-Summer 2003


Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, UVAWise / Micronic Technologies Research and Development Grant to Pilot and Commercialize MicroDesal™ Water Treatment Technology, Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, 2014-2017, $2,000,000

Principal Investigator, Spatial Ecology and Management of Elk in Virginia, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, L & D Well Service, Forestland Group, Consol Energy, 2013, $2,000

UVAWise Faculty Development Summer Research Grant, 2012, $1,500

Co-Principal Investigator, Dominion Higher Educational Partnership Grant, 2011, $30,000

UVAWise Faculty Development Summer Research Grant, 2009, $1,000

UVAWise Faculty Development Summer Research Grant, 2007, $2,265


Doctorial Dissertation

Permanent Coexistence for Omnivory Models, Virginia Tech, August, 2006


Conference and Workshop Presentations

"The Importance of Evaluating GPS Telemetry Collar Performance in Monitoring Reintroduced Elk Populations", 73rd Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, Norfolk, VA, April 2017

"Species Composition and Temporal Patterns of Road-kills Along Physiographically Distinct Routes in Southwest Virginia", The Wildlife Society's 2016 Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC, October 2016

"Species Composition and Temporal Patterns of Road-kills Along Physiographically Distinct Routes in Southwest Virginia", 77th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Concord, NC, April 2016

"Undergraduate Research in Mathematical Biology with Limited Faculty, Students, and Resources", 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA, January 2016

"GPS Telemetry Collar Performance and Effects on Elk Habitat Use in the Rugged Mountains of Southwest Virginia", 69th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Asheville, NC, November 2015

"Camera Trap Success Among Carnivores and Prey Animals in Tazewell County, VA", 68th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Destin, Florida, October 2014

"GPS Telemetry Collar Performance and Effects on Elk Habitat Use in the Rugged Mountains of Southwest Virginia", 19th Annual Eastern Elk Management Workshop, Breaks, Virginia, April 2014

"Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model with Predator Stage Structure", International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, October 2013

"Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model", 2013 Hawaii University International Conferences Math & Engineering Technology Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2013

"Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model", 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Southeastern Atlantic Section, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 2013

"Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model", Society for Mathematical Biology Annual Meeting and Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, July 2012

"Permanent Coexistence for an Intraguild Predation Model with Predator Stage Structure", International Journal of Arts and Sciences International Conference for Academic Disciplines, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 2011

"Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Linear Response Omnivory Model", 1069th American Mathematical Society Meeting, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, March 2011

"Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Linear Response Omnivory Model", International Journal of Arts and Sciences International Conference for Academic Disciplines, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2010

"Permanent Coexistence for an Intraguild Predation Model with Predator Stage Structure" (poster), Center for Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) Workshop on Control Theory and Dynamics in Systems Biology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, May 2009

"Permanent Coexistence for a Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model", 4th WSEAS International Conference on Mathematical Biology and Ecology, Acapulco, Mexico, January 2008

"Permanent Coexistence for a Linear Response Omnivory Model", 18th IASTED International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2007

"Sensitivity Equations for the Design of Control Systems", 6th IASTED International Conference on Control and Applications, Marina Del Rey, CA, March 2004

"Sensitivity Equations for the Design of Control Systems", 23rd Southeast-Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations (SEARCDE), Kennesaw, GA, October 2003


Conferences and Workshops Attended

Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Consortium Inaugural Meeting, Wise, VA, June 8, 2016

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Trapping Matters Workshop, Asheville, NC, November 1, 2015

The 2015 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET), Raleigh, NC, September 21-22, 2015

Innovative Approaches to Wildlife and Highway Interactions Workshop, ICOET, Raleigh, NC, September 20, 2015

NIMBioS Tutorial: Parameter Estimation for Dynamic Biological Models, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, May 19-21, 2014

COPLAC Faculty Summer Institute for Mathematics, University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville, NC, June 7-9, 2012

Symbiosis Workshop, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, July 7-9, 2008

Virginia Assessment Group Annual Conference, Staunton, VA, November 13-15, 2006

Graduate Teaching Assistant Training Workshop, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, August 2001


Invited Colloquia and Seminars

"Omnivory Models: Permanence and Sensitivities", Appalachian Regional Mathematics Seminar, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia, September 23, 2008

"Permanent Coexistence for Omnivory Models: An Applied Approach", University of Glamorgan, Department of Computing and Mathematics Research Seminar, Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom, March 2008

"Permanent Coexistence for Omnivory Models: A Theoretical Approach", The University of Virginia's College at Wise, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium, Wise, VA, November 2007


Refereed Journal Articles and Proceedings Chapters

James A. Vance, Walter H. Smith, and Gabrielle L. Smith, Public geospatial datasets as an approach to maximizing efficiency in the collection of site covariates in wildlife-vehicle collision studies, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2017, pp. 78-85

James Vance and Christina Eads, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model with Predator Stage Structure, Letters in Biomathematics, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 77-86

Parvati Gopalan and James Vance, Home Range Methods for a Reintroduced Yearling Bull Elk in Virginia, Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research, 2013

James Vance and Christina Eads, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model with Predator Stage Structure, Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research, 2013

David. L. Chambers and James A. Vance, Camera Trap Success Among Carnivores and Prey Animals in Tazewell County, Virginia, Virginia Journal of Science, Volume 63, 2013, pp. 129-136

James A. Vance and Kevin J. Wilson, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model, International Journal of Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, Volume 7, Issue 7, 2013, pp. 677-681

James A. Vance, Permanent Coexistence for an Intraguild Predation Model with Predator Stage Structure, Proceedings of the Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Volume 3, Number 1, 2011, pp. 121-124

James Vance and Derek Fields, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Linear Response Omnivory Model, International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 9, 2010, pp. 102-107

James A. Vance, Permanent Coexistence for a Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model, Anninos, P., Pham, T., and Grebennikov, A. (Eds.), Advanced Topics on Mathematical Biology and Ecology: Proceedings of the 4th WSEAS International Conference on Mathematical Biology and Ecology, 2008, pp. 116-121

James A. Vance, Permanent Coexistence for an Intraguild Predation Model with Type II Responses, International Journal of Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2007, pp. 33-39

James A. Vance, Permanent Coexistence for a Linear Response Omnivory Model, Wamkeue, R. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 18th IASTED International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, 2007, pp. 642-647

Jeff Borggaard and James Vance, Sensitivity Equations for the Design of Control Systems, Hamza, M. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 6th IASTED International Conference on Control and Applications, 2004, pp. 105-110


Abstracts

Undergraduate Research in Mathematical Biology with Limited Faculty, Students, and Resources, Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society, Volume 37 Number 1, Issue 183, Winter 2016, pp. 497

Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model, Proceedings of the 2013 Hawaii University International Conferences Math & Engineering Technology Conference, 2013

Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Linear Response Omnivory Model, 1069th American Mathematical Society Meeting, 2011

Permanent Coexistence for an Intraguild Predation Model with Predator Stage Structure, DIMACS Workshop on Control and Dynamics in Systems Biology, 2009

Sensitivity Equations for the Design of Control Systems, 23rd Southeast-Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations Abstracts, 2003, pp. 28


Professional Service

Chair of Audit Committee, Hunting, Trapping, and Conservation Working Group of The Wildlife Society, Spring 2016-present

Session Moderator, Session on Ecology: Ecosystems, 77th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, April 2016

Reviewer, World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS), 4th International Conference on Bioscience and Bioinformatics, 2013

Member, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Agency Advisory Group, 2012-2014

Reviewer, World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS), Transactions on Mathematics Journal, 2011-2012

Ambassador, Governor's Awards for Public Service, Executive Mansion, Richmond, Virginia, June 2011

Session Chair, International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 2011

Session Chair, International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS), Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2010

Reviewer, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), IMETI 2009, IMETI 2010

International Program Committee Member for Modelling, Identification, and Control, International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), AsiaMIC 2010

International Program Committee Member for Modelling, Simulation, and Identification, International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), MSI 2009, MSI 2011

International Program Committee Member for Modelling and Simulation, International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), MS 2008, MS 2009, MS 2010, MS 2011

Member of Technical Committee on Modelling and Simulation, International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), 2008-2011

External Reviewer of Scholarly Activity for Promotion of Faculty, Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA), Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, 2008

Reviewer, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B, 2008

Reviewer, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 2007


College Service

Vice Chair, Faculty Senate, UVAWise, Fall 2017-present

Chair, Academic Programs Committee, UVAWise, Fall 2016-present

Faculty Senate, UVAWise, Fall 2012-present

Academic Programs Committee, UVAWise, Fall 2015-present

Animal Care and Use Committee, UVAWise, Fall 2012-Spring 2017

Secretary, Faculty Senate, UVAWise, Fall 2012-Spring 2013

Faculty Senate Executive Committee, UVAWise, Fall 2012-Spring 2013, Fall 2017-present

Faculty Development Committee, UVAWise, Fall 2012-Summer 2015

Teacher Education Admissions Committee, UVAWise, Fall 2010-Summer 2012

Applied Mathematics Search Committee, UVAWise, Summer 2010

Statistics Search Committee, UVAWise, Summer 2010

Environmental Concerns Committee, UVAWise, Fall 2008-Spring 2009

Adviser, UVAWise, Spring 2008-present

Academic Appeals Committee, UVAWise, Fall 2007-Summer 2012

Recruiter, UVAWise, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom, March 2008


Honors and Awards

The Harrison Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research, UVAWise, Spring 2012

Commencement Address, Richlands Christian Academy May 18, 2007

Commencement Address, Bluefield College, 2000

Outstanding Mathematics Student, Bluefield College, 2000

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Bluefield College 2000

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Southwest Virginia Community College, 1998

Presidential Scholarship, Southwest Virginia Community College, 1997-1998


Interviews

"Animal Intersections: Decoding the Problem of Roadkill", With Good Reason Radio, April 28, 2017 (link)


Outreach

Chairman, Academic Excellence Advisory Committee, Richlands Christian Academy, 2008-2015

Teacher Enhancement Training, Probability and Statistics, Richlands Christian Academy, Fall 2007

Tutoring, Algebra and Trigonometry, Richlands Christian Academy, Spring 2007

Teacher Enhancement Training, Trigonometry, Richlands Christian Academy, Fall 2006

Assessed and Developed Transfer Criteria, Trigonometry and Geometry, Richlands Christian Academy, Fall 2006


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