Kim Cuddington

Scientific Review Committee Member

Dr. Kim Cuddington is a Professor of Biology at the University of Waterloo. As a theoretical and population ecologist, Kim carries out research using mathematical models to predict how and when species become invasive, as well as to describe the role species play as ecosystem engineers. Kim’s research on the population dynamics of carp—a potentially devastating invasive fish poised to enter the Great Lakes—has grabbed international media attention. Kim’s work also includes studies on the Emerald Ash Borer and the aquatic plant Spartina alterniflora, which alters tidal inundation in coastal regions where it grows. With an interest in spatial structure in the environment, Kim is testing whether a "diffusion-limitation" mechanism occurs in a well-controlled, yet realistic experimental system with biological control implications (peas-aphids-insect predators). The work suggests that Kim and her group can design plants that optimize the ability of beneficial predators to control pests. Kim received her PhD in Zoology from the University of Guelph. Kim served on SESYNC’s Scientific Review Committee. 

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2013 - 2015
Areas of Expertise
population ecology
theoretical ecology
philosophy of ecology
Research Interests
invasive species
population dynamics
ecosystem engineers
structure of environmental variation
Methods of Expertise
species distribution models
statistical microclimate models
mathematical population models