Lea Popovic

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the IMA-Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, in Minneapolis. I received a PhD in Probability and Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley under the guidance of David Aldous. Previously, I earned an Honours BSc degree in Mathematics from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Contact Information:
Address: IMA - 400 Lind Hall (office 254), 207 Church St SE
        University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612)626-0862; Fax: (612)626-7370
Email: lea (at) ima (dot) umn (dot) edu

My research interests are in probability theory and its applications.
My thesis work concentrated on branching processes and their asymptotics, the motivation coming from a model for macroevolution.
Some of my current research is in analysis of stochastic models related to population biology.
I am also involved in a research project on stochastic models for intracellular reaction networks.



Papers and Preprints:

  • "Genealogy of Catalytic and Mutually Catalytic Branching Models" (with A.Greven and A. Winter), [in preparation].
  • "Coherent Hierarchical Modeling of Biodiversity" (with D.Aldous and M.Krikun), [in preparation]
  • "Asymptotic Analysis of Multiscale Approximations to Reaction Networks" (2005), 38 pages, (with T.Kurtz, K.Ball, G.Rempala), to appear in Ann. of Appl. Probab. - pdf
  • "A Critical Branching Process Model for Biodiversity" (2004), 22 pages, (with D.Aldous), Adv. of Appl. Probab., Vol 37(4), 2005. - pdf
  • "Asymptotic Genealogy of a Critical Branching Process" (2003), 29 pages, Ann. of Appl. Probab., Vol 14(4), 2004. - pdf
  • Ph.D. Thesis (2003), UC Berkeley. - ps


  • Bernoulli Congress, Barcelona, July 2004: "A Hierarchical Random Tree Model"- slides.
  • Mathematics Department, University of Erlangen-Nuerenberg, Germany, June 2004.
  • Mathematics Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, February 2004.
  • Mathematics Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, October 2003.
  • Mathematics Department, University of Minnesota, September 2003: "Coherent Modeling Of Macroevolution". - slides
  • Branching Processes, Oberwolfach, Germany, July 2003: "Asymptotic Genealogy of a Critical Branching Process".- slides

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2002 Lea Popovic, Last Modified: 04-Jan-2005