Gunog Seo - Mathematics Faculty - Colgate University

Colgate Directory


Gunog Seo

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Mathematics, 203 McGregory Hall
p 315-228-7230


  • MS (2003) and PhD (2008) in Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington
  • BS (1998) in Mathematics at Catholic University of Korea

Professional Experience

  • Assistant professor (2013-Present), Mathematics, Colgate University
  • Postdoctoral researcher (2012-2013), Mathematics, Ryerson University and York University
  • Assistant professor (2011-2012), Mathematics and Statistics, Thompson Rivers University
  • Postdoctoral researcher (2010-2011), Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University
  • Postdoctoral researcher (2008-2010), Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa


Mathematical Biology, Spatial Ecology, Population Dynamics, Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, Biological Invasions, Dynamical Systems, Bifurcation Theory, Differential Equations (ODEs & PDEs)


Papers in Preparation

  • Gunog Seo and Gail S.K. Wolkowicz. Pest control by generalist parasitoids: a bifurcation theory approach.
  • Qihua Huang, Gunog Seo, and Chunhua Shan. Competitive interactions between two species in a polluted aquatic environment.
  • Gunog Seo and Jane Heffernan. A mathematical model for measles outbreaks in an amusement park

Submitted Papers

  • Gunog Seo and Gail S.K. Wolkowicz.  Sensitivity of the dynamics of the general Rosenzweig–MacArthur model to the mathematical form of the functional response: a bifurcation theory approach. (submitted)
  • Qihua Huang, Gunog Seo, and Chunhua Shan. Bifurcations and global dynamics in a toxin-mediated aquatic population model.  (under revision after review)

Published Papers

  1. Gunog Seo and Gail S.K. Wolkowicz (2015) Existence of multiple limit cycles in a predator–prey model with arctan(ax) as functional response. Communications in Mathematical Analysis, 18(1), 64–68.
  2. Jian Fang, Kunquan Lan, Gunog Seo and Jianhong Wu (2014) Spatial dynamics of an age-structured population model of Asian Clams. SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 74(4), 959–979.
  3. Alexandra Erbach, Frithjof Lutscher, and Gunog Seo (2013) Bistability and limit cycles in generalist predator–prey dynamics. Ecological Complexity, 14, 48–55.
  4. Marion Weedermann, Gunog Seo, and Gail S.K. Wolkowicz (2013) Mathematical model of anaerobic digestion in a chemostat: effects of syntrophy and inhibition. Journal of Biological Dynamics, 7 (1), 59–85.
  5. Gunog Seo and Frithjof Lutscher (2011) Spread rates under temporal variability: calculation and application to invasions. M3AS: Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 21(12), 2469–2489.
  6. Gunog Seo and Donald L. DeAngelis (2011) A predator–prey model with a Holling type I functional response including a predator mutual interference. Journal of Nonlinear Science, 21(6), 811–833.
  7. Frithjof Lutscher and Gunog Seo (2011) The effect of temporal variability on persistence conditions in rivers. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 283 (1), 53–59.
  8. Gunog Seo and Mark Kot (2009) The dynamics of a simple laissez-faire model with two predators. Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 6 (1), 145–172.
  9. Gunog Seo and Mark Kot (2008) A comparison of two predator–prey models with Holling’s type I functional response. Mathematical Biosciences, 212 (2), 161–179.


The dynamics of simple predator-prey models with Holling’s functional responses. University of Washington. 2008.


  • Included on the list of the most influential people at Colgate from the survey of the class of 2016. 
  • Nominated for the Phi Eta Sigma "Professor of the Year" award, Colgate University, 2015-2016.
  • The Lord Robert May Best Paper Prize (best paper in 2013-2014 volume of the Journal of Biological Dynamics; jointly authored with Marion Weedermann and Gail Wolkowicz; awarded in October, 2015). 
  • Nominated for the Phi Eta Sigma "Professor of the Year" award, Colgate University, 2014-2015.


  • Research Council Discretionary Grant, 2017, Colgate University, NY. 
  • Research Council Discretionary Grant, 2015, Colgate University, NY.
  • NSF Grant to collaborate with Canadian researchers, 2014.
  • NSF Travel Grant for the AARMS-CRM workshop on Sustainability of Aquatic Ecosystem Networks held in Fredericton, New Brunswick (October 22-25), 2013.
  • Research Council Discretionary Grant, 2013, Colgate University, NY.