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Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
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Chair: Karl Saunders

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Oleg Kogan

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Oleg Kogan

Full-Time Lecturer

Phone: 805-756-2473

Office: 116-108



Ph.D., Caltech, 2009.

B.S., Case Western Reserve University, 2001.

Research Interests

  • Biological Physics (at the population level)
  • Statistical Physics
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Rare events in nonequilibrium systems


My research is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection between physics and population biology or ecology.  I work on problems concerning invasions and competition of populations, with the focus on the spread of plant pathogens by wind on continental scales.  I am also interested in rare events and large fluctuations in "nonequilibrium systems" - such as driven nanomechanical devices, or biological populations.  I conduct projects with undergraduates, and always welcome new interested students - please contact me if you wish to learn more.


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