Department of Mathematics

West Chester University

Mathematics Information
Office: Room 101
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2440
Fax (610) 738-0578
Email: Department Chair

Allison Kolpas

Assistant Professor

Coordinator of the BS programs in Industrial and Computational Mathematics


Contact Information:

Office: UNA-106
Phone: 610-430-4964
Fax: 610-738-0578
Webpage: AKolpas


  • B.A. University of California, San Diego
  • M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests:

  • Mathematical Biology
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Numerical Analysis

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, West Chester University, 2016-present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, West Chester University, 2011-2016
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, 2011-2014
  • UNIDEL Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematical Biology, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, 2009-2010

Selected Publications:

  • J. R. Auld, A. D. Helker, and A. Kolpas. Consequences of mating and predation risk for longevity in a freshwater snail: Abstinence makes the heart beat longer, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29, 2539–2544, 2016.
  • K. E. Anderson, L. R. Harrison, R. M. Nisbet, and A. Kolpas, Modeling the influence of flow on invertebrate drift across spatial scales using a 2D hydraulic model and a 1D population model, Ecological Modelling, 265, 207-220, 2013.
  • A. Kolpas, M. Busch, H. Li, I. D. Couzin, L. Petzold, and J. Moehlis, How the Spatial Position of Individuals Affects their Influence on Swarms: A Numerical Comparison of Two Popular Swarm Dynamics Models, PLOS ONE, 8, No. 3, e58525, 2013.
  • J. M. Miller, A. Kolpas, J. P. J. Neto, and L. F. Rossi, A continuum three-zone model for swarms, Bull. Math. Biology, 74, No. 3, 536-561, 2012.
  • T. A. Frewen, I. D. Couzin, A. Kolpas, J. Moehlis, R. Coifman, and I. G. Kevrekidis, Coarse collective dynamics of animal groups, in Coping with Complexity: Model Reduction and Data Analysis, ed. A. N. Gorban and D. Roose, Springer, Berlin, 299-309, 2011.
  • A. Kolpas and R. M. Nisbet, Effects of Demographic Stochasticity on Population Persistence in Advective Media. Bull. Math. Biology, 72, 1254-1270, 2010.

Selected Talks:

  • Optimal Mating Strategies for Preferentially Outcrossing Simultaneous Hermaphrodites in the Presence of Predators, SIAM Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, July 2016.
  • Mathematical Biology: Modeling the Motion of Individuals and Populations, STEM Speaker Series (morning and evening talk, open to public), DCCC, Media, PA April 2013
  • Mathematical analysis of three-dimensional open water maneuverability by mantas (Manta birostris), joint research with Frank Fish (biology, WCU). SIAM Computational Science and Engineering Conference, Boston, MA, February, 2013.
  • Mathematical Modeling in Biology, Immaculata University joint Mathematics and Biology Colloquium, October 2012


  • NSF RUI grant in Evolutionary Ecology. Award No. DEB-1406231 (co-PI with Dr. Josh Auld (Biology, WCUPA))
    "A theoretical and experimental investigation of optimal mating strategies in a hermaphrodite”, July 1, 2014-June 30, 2017