Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul

System Modeling

Dr. Muneepeerakul (who also goes by “Chot”) has worked on a wide variety of problems, ranging from life to social sciences, from biodiversity patterns in river networks to dynamics of coupled natural-human systems. His primary investigative tools are mathematical and computational models.

He is interested in dynamical models, complex networks, game theory, and stochastic processes.  In recent years, he has been interested in systematic development of models of coupled natural-human systems.  His diverse research interests are reflected in the projects in which he is involved and his publication record.  In one project (Department of Defense’s Army Research Office/Army Research’s Multi-University Research Initiative—MURI), he leads a transdisciplinary research team to develop a modeling framework and an integrative theory to link environmental change and human migration.  In another project (UF Water Institute Graduate Fellowships—WIGF), he and his team are studying the resilience of a water-subsidized watershed in Costa Rica.  Collectively across these projects, he works with faculty and students with backgrounds from both natural and social sciences.  There are more projects under development.  These projects share a common theme of inventing and blending concepts and analytical/computational techniques from different disciplines to achieve meaningful insights.

Research and Extension

  • DOD-SERDP: Predicting, measuring, and monitoring aquatic invertebrate biodiversity on dryland military bases
  • NSF-CNH: When Strengths Can Become Weaknesses: Emerging Vulnerabilities in Coupled Natural Human Systems under Globalization and Climate Change

Teaching

  • ABE6933: Seminar on Stochastic Modeling in Ecology and Hydrology
  • ABE6933: Modeling Coupled Natural-Human Systems

Rachata Muneepeerakul - Associate Professor