Richard Timothy Durrett

Richard Timothy Durrett
  • James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics
  • Professor of Mathematics
  • Director of Graduate Studies of Mathematics
External address: 105 Physics Building, Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
Internal office address: Dept Of Math, Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
Phone: (919) 660-6970

Research Areas and Keywords

Biological Modeling
population genetics, selective sweeps, stepping stone models, interacting particle systems, contact processes, spatial ecological models, cancer modeling, tumor heterogeneity
probability, stochastic processes, random graphs, dynamics on networks, dynamics of networks
Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1976

Ryser, MD, Worni, M, Turner, EL, Marks, JR, Durrett, R, and Hwang, ES. "Outcomes of Active Surveillance for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: A Computational Risk Analysis." JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute 108.5 (May 2016). Full Text

Durrett, R, Foo, J, and Leder, K. "Spatial Moran models, II: cancer initiation in spatially structured tissue." Journal of mathematical biology 72.5 (April 2016): 1369-1400. Full Text

Durrett, R, and Zhang, Y. "Coexistence of grass, saplings and trees in the Staver–Levin forest model." The Annals of Applied Probability 25.6 (December 2015): 3434-3464. Full Text

Talkington, A, and Durrett, R. "Estimating Tumor Growth Rates In Vivo." Bulletin of mathematical biology 77.10 (October 19, 2015): 1934-1954. Full Text

Varghese, C, and Durrett, R. "Spatial networks evolving to reduce length." Journal of Complex Networks 3.3 (September 2015): 411-430. Full Text

Ryser, MD, Myers, ER, and Durrett, R. "HPV clearance and the neglected role of stochasticity." Plos Computational Biology 11.3 (March 13, 2015): e1004113-null. Full Text Open Access Copy

Durrett, R, and Moseley, S. "Spatial Moran models I. Stochastic tunneling in the neutral case." The Annals of Applied Probability 25.1 (February 2015): 104-115. Full Text

Magura, SR, Pong, VH, Durrett, R, and Sivakoff, D. "Two evolving social network models." Alea 12.2 (January 1, 2015): 699-715.

Aristotelous, AC, and Durrett, R. "Fingering in Stochastic Growth Models." Experimental Mathematics 23.4 (October 2, 2014): 465-474. Full Text

Durrett, R, and Zhang, Y. "Exact solution for a metapopulation version of Schelling's model." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111.39 (September 15, 2014): 14036-14041. Full Text


A computer simulation of a virtual city containing two groups of people shows how the distribution of neighborhoods with a given racial makeup is likely to change as the density of households -- regardless of their group identity -- increases past a certain threshold. Courtesy of Rick Durrett and Yuan Zhang

Durham, NC - Racially and economically mixed cities are more likely to stay integrated if the density of households stays low, finds a new analysis of a now-famous model of segregation. By simulating the movement of families between neighborhoods in... read more »