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Meng Xu

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Mathematics - NYC

  • @New York City
    41 Park Row 709
Office Hours
New York City

Tue, Thu 10:00am-10:00am

Wed 9:00am-12:30pm


PhD , University of Wyoming , Laramie, WY , 2011

BS , Shandong Normal University , Shandong, China , 2006


Xu, M., Kolding, J. & Cohen, J. E. (2016). Taylor's power law and fixed-precision sampling: application to abundance of fish sampled by gillnets in an African lake. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjfas-2016-0009#.V_O_yeArKUk


My general research interests are ecological scaling relationships and their mathematical modeling. My current research topic is Taylor's power law (TPL) of fluctuation scaling, which describes the power-law relationship between mean and variance of population abundance. I have studied the underlying mechanism of TPL using the stochastic multiplicative population dynamics models, used TPL to select best demographic projections of Norwegian county population density, and applied TPL to design fixed-precision sampling program for freshwater fish. In future projects I plan to integrate the ubiquitous TPL with other scaling patterns to understand fluctuations across multiple biological levels. Students who are seeking research projects can check out my personal website or send me an email to schedule a research discussion.

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