Mark A. Lewis, assistant mathematics professor at the University of Utah, has received a National Science Foundation 1994 Young Investigator Award. It is intended to broaden his research in mathematical biology.
He will receive five yearly increments of up to $100,000 per year.Lewis' research involves analyzing the processes that produce spatial patterns of self-organization in biological systems. He recently studied the territorial pattern formation in wolves and resulting interactions with whitetail deer.
The new funding will allow him to expand his reseach to include the process of swarm formation in insects, and the movement, spread and fate of genetically engineered microbes in agriculture. He also will continue to study territorial-pattern-formation behavior of wolves, badgers and other animals.