Christian Gunning, Ph.D.


My research uses dynamical systems theory to explore frontiers in modern population ecology. I employ numerical simulations and time series analysis to quantify metapopulation dynamics in the presence of observation error and dynamical stochasticity.

My PhD work was conducted under Dr. Helen Wearing at the University of New Mexico. I studied the metapopulation dynamics of measles and whooping cough, including the effect of population size on stochastic extinction and disease persistence. My current work at NCSU uses individual-based models to quantify the effect of control measures on mosquito population dynamics.

Skill set

My mathematical skill set includes probability theory, machine learning methods, generalize linear modeling, and bootstrapping. I am fluent in the R, C++, and SQL programming languages, with a strong background in numerical and stochastic programming and multi-dimensional data visualization. I also have extensive experience in time series analysis and vector-based GIS.


My teaching and mentoring focuses on natural sciences students. I employ a hands-on, problem-driven approach to teaching probability, statistics, and scientific programming. Throughout my teaching, I advocate the advantages of literate programming and reproductible research.

Current Status

I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at North Carolina State University working with Fred Gould and Alun Lloyd on Aedes aegypti population simulations. I physically reside in Missoula, MT.