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 2023, I was awarded the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. In this CBC interview, 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.


  • PDF, 2012. The Fields Institute, York University, and the University of Toronto.
  • PhD, 2011. Mathematics & Statistics, Queen’s University
  • MSc, 2005. Biological Sciences, University of Alberta


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