Dr. Amy Hurford

I am an Associate Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Biology and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

My research is in theoretical ecology, evolution and epidemiology. I make models of appropriate complexity, that consider the best available data, that answer meaningful questions, and where the results are interpreted and communicated appropriately.

I want to help trainees learn the best approaches to data analysis in biology. I recently developed the MUN Biology BSc Quantitative Training Program together with Dr. Yolanda Wiersma. In 2022, I was awarded the Faculty of Science Distinguished Teaching Award.

In this interview with CBC’s Bernice Hillier, I talk about the importance of infectious disease modelling training to support public health.

I am a senior editor at the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. I am chair of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Membership committee for the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.


  • PhD, 2011. Mathematics & Statistics, Queen’s University
  • MSc, 2005. Biological Sciences, University of Alberta