James Vance


Professor of Mathematics and Wildlife Resources

Courses Taught

  • MTH 4260 - Probability and Statistics II
  • MTH 3400 - Multivariable Calculus
  • MTH/CSC 3380 - Introduction to Numerical Methods
  • MTH 3250 - Probability and Statistics I
  • MTH 3130 - Linear Algebra
  • MTH 3110 - Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MTH 2180 - Applied Probability and Statistics
  • MTH 1180 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

Research Interests

  • Biostatistics
  • Differential Equations
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Population Dynamics and Modeling
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management

Professional Memberships

  • American Mathematical Society
  • The Wildlife Society


  • The Harrison Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research, UVA Wise, 2012

Selected Publications

James A. Vance, Walter H. Smith, Gabrielle L. Smith, Species Composition and Temporal Patterns of Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions in Southwest Virginia, USA, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Volume 12, Issue 3, Winter 2018, pp. 417-426

Christian Bullion, Malcolm Huguenin, James Vance, Josephine Rodriguez, Phenological Shifts Detected for Zygoptera in the Context of an Ongoing Inventory of Odonata, Lux: Undergraduate Scholarship at UVA Wise, 2018

James A. Vance, David S. Jachowski, Allen C. Boynton, and Marcella J. Kelly, Importance of Evaluating GPS Telemetry Collar Performance in Monitoring Reintroduced Populations, Wildlife Society Bulletin, Volume 41, Issue 4, December 2017, pp. 729-735

James A. Vance, Walter H. Smith, and Gabrielle L. Smith, Public geospatial datasets as an approach to maximizing efficiency in the collection of site covariates in wildlife-vehicle collision studies, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2017, pp. 78-85

James Vance and Christina Eads, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model with Predator Stage Structure, Letters in Biomathematics, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 77-86

Parvati Gopalan and James Vance, Home Range Methods for a Reintroduced Yearling Bull Elk in Virginia, Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research, 2013

David. L. Chambers and James A. Vance, Camera Trap Success Among Carnivores and Prey Animals in Tazewell County, Virginia, Virginia Journal of Science, Volume 63, 2013, pp. 129-136

James A. Vance and Kevin J. Wilson, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Nonlinear Response Omnivory Model, International Journal of Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, Volume 7, Issue 7, 2013, pp. 677-681

James Vance and Derek Fields, Sensitivity Analysis of a Three-Species Linear Response Omnivory Model, International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 9, 2010, pp. 102-107

PhD, Mathematics, Virginia Tech
MS, Mathematics, Virginia Tech
MNR, Natural Resources, Virginia Tech
MAS, Applied Statistics, Colorado State University
BS, Mathematics, Bluefield College
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