Experience

James A. Vance


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

UVA Wise 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


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