
Thomas Guy Hallam began his career as a faculty member in
the Department of Mathematics at Florida State University, working
in the area of comparison theorems for ordinary differential
equations. While at Florida State he organized a mathematical
modeling course and thus became interested in mathematical biology.
He began to wonder how he, as a mathematician, might address the
mounting environmental problems. He took courses in oceanography and
ecology and delved deeply into the literature. During the summer of
1974, he gave a full series of lectures on mathematical biology at
the University of São Carlos in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1976,
he took a year's leave at the University of Georgia, Athens, in the
Departments of Mathematics, Zoology, and the Institute of Ecology,
where he met Tom Gard and Ray Lassiter, with whom he has had
careerlong interactions. In Athens, he became interested in
ecotoxicology and partial differential equation models of
physiologically structured populations.
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Citation: Azmy S. Ackleh, Linda J. S. Allen, Graciela Canziani, Shandelle M. Henson, Jia Li, Zhien Ma. Preface[J]. Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 2008, 5(4): iiii. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2008.5.4i

Abstract
Thomas Guy Hallam began his career as a faculty member in
the Department of Mathematics at Florida State University, working
in the area of comparison theorems for ordinary differential
equations. While at Florida State he organized a mathematical
modeling course and thus became interested in mathematical biology.
He began to wonder how he, as a mathematician, might address the
mounting environmental problems. He took courses in oceanography and
ecology and delved deeply into the literature. During the summer of
1974, he gave a full series of lectures on mathematical biology at
the University of São Carlos in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1976,
he took a year's leave at the University of Georgia, Athens, in the
Departments of Mathematics, Zoology, and the Institute of Ecology,
where he met Tom Gard and Ray Lassiter, with whom he has had
careerlong interactions. In Athens, he became interested in
ecotoxicology and partial differential equation models of
physiologically structured populations.
For more information please click the “Full Text” above.
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