Michael Monticino

Vice President of Advancement

Professor of Mathematics

University of North Texas







I am Vice President of Advancement at the University of North Texas, having also served as Dean of the UNT College of Arts & Sciences and Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School. Even with all my administrative activities, my passion for mathematics and its applications burns strong. I am proudly a Professor in the UNT Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Applied Science.

My research interests and consulting experiences include statistical analysis, probability models, operations research (resource allocation, forecasting, inventory control, retention analysis, staffing), and environmental modeling.

I have worked with many organizations, including the U.S. Navy, ABC TV, ARGO Data Resources, the Institute for Defense Analysis, and IBM to solve a variety of operational and management problems.

I was Founding President of the Mathematical Association of America Special Interest Group for Business Industry and Government.  This "SIGMAA" of the MAA serves as a unifying link between business, industry and government mathematicians, academic mathematicians and mathematics students.  I have also been active member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Visiting Lecturer Program. One objective of the SIAM VLP is to inform students (and their instructors) that there are many career opportunities, besides academics, available to people with strong analytical skills.  I give a popular talk that discusses careers in applied mathematics based upon my consulting activities and my experiences working on defense related projects.

Research activities include:


Selected publications

Environmental Modeling and Biology Applications

Interdisciplinarity in the Biological Sciences. In: Handbook of Interdisciplinarity.”  Eds., R. Frodeman, C. Mitchum and J.B. Hollbrok.  Warren Burggren, Kent Chapman, Bradley Keller, Michael Monticino and John Torday.   Oxford University Press, 2010. 


Bridging the gaps between design and use: developing tools to support environmental management and policy, (with B.S. McIntosh, C. Giupponi, A. Voinov, C. Smith, K.B. Matthews, M. Monticino, M.J. Kolkman, N. Crossman, M. van Ittersum, D. Haase, A. Haase, J. Mysiak, J.C.J. Groot, S. Sieber, P. Verweij, N. Quinn, P. Waeger, N. Gaber, D. Hepting, H. Scholten, A. Sulis, H. van Delden, E. Gaddis, H. Assaf.) In: Jakeman, T., Rizzoli, A., Voinov, A. & Chen (eds.) 2009. State of the Art and Futures in Environmental Modelling and Software, Elsevier.


"Models of Natural and Human Dynamics in Forest Landscapes: cross-site and cross-cultural synthesis," (with Miguel F. Acevedo, Baird Callicott, Donald Lyons, Jenny Palomino, Judith Rosales, Luz Delgado, Magdiel Ablan, Jacinto Davila, Hirma Ramirez, Emilio Vilanova, Giorgio Tonella). Geoforum, Vol 39, 846-866, 2008. 


"Biocomplexity and Conservation of Biodiversity Hotspots: Three Case Studies from the Americas" (with J. Baird Callicott,Miguel Acevedo, Luz Delgado, Ricardo Rozzi, and Paul Harcombe). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B - Biological Sciences, Vol. 362, 2007, 321-333.


"Applying a Multi-Agent Model to Evaluate Effects of Development Proposals and Growth Management Policies on Suburban Sprawl"  (with E. Brooks, T. Cogdill, M. Acevedo and B. Callicott).  Summit on Environmental Modelling and Software: Transactions of the 3rd Biennial meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (Refereed proceedings), Burlington, Vermont, July 2006.

"Coupled Human and Natural Systems: A Multi-Agent Based Approach," (with Miguel Acevedo, Baird Callicot, Travis Cogdill, and Christopher Lindquist). Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol, 22(5), 2007, 656-663.


"Assessing physiological complexity," (with W. Burggren). Journal of Experimental Biology, Vol. 208, 3221-3232, 2005.


"Multi-agent model of human values and land-use change," (with Miguel Acevedo, Baird Callicot and Travis Cogdill). Proceedings of the Fifth International IASTED Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Optimization, ed. Giorgio Tonella, pp 279-284. August 2005, Oranjestad, Aruba.


"Biocomplexity in the Big Thicket," (with Baird Callicott, Miguel Acevedo, Pete Gunter, Paul Harcombe, and Christopher Lindquist). Ethics, Place, Environment: A Journal of Philosophy and Geography, Vol 9, No. 1, 21-45, 2006. Supported by NSF Biocomplexity in the Environment grant.


"Coupled Human and Natural Systems:  A Multi-Agent Based Approach," (with Miguel Acevedo, Baird Callicot, Travis Cogdill, and Christopher Lindquist). Complexity and Integrated Resources Management, Transactions of the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, iEMSs, Pahl-Wostl, C., Schmidt, S., Rizzoli, A.E. and Jakeman, A.J. (eds), Osnabrueck, Germany, 2004.


"Cell interaction in semi-Markov forest landscape models," Proceedings of the International Environmental Modeling and Software Society.   Vol. 1, 2002, pp. 227-233 (with Miguel Acevedo and Travis Cogdill).


Optimal Control


"Optimal buy/sell rules for correlated random walks" Journal of Applied Probability, Vol 45, 33-44, 2008  (with Pieter Allaart). 


"Pseudo-prophet inequalities in average-optimal stopping," Sequential Analysis, Vol 22, No. 3, 2003, pp. 233-239 (with Pieter Allaart).


"Optimal stopping rules for directionally reinforced processes," Advances in Applied Probability, Vol 33, No. 2, 2001, pp. 483-504 (with Pieter Allaart).


"Optimal cut-off strategies in capacity expansion problems," Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 42, 1995, pp 1021-1039 (with J. R. Weisinger).


"Utility functions which ensure the adequacy of stationary strategies," Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 325, No 1, 1991, pp. 187-204


"The adequacy of universal strategies in analytic gambling problems," Mathematics of Operations Research, Vol. 16, No 1, 1991, pp. 21-41.



Random Probability Measures


"How to a construct random probability measure," International Statistical Review, Vol 69, No. 1, 2001, pp. 153-167.


"Constructions of random distributions via sequential barycenters," Annals of Statistics, Vol. 26, No. 4, 1998, pp. 1242-1253 (with Theodore Hill).


"Constructing prior distributions with trees of exchangeable processes," Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, Vol. 73, 1998, pp. 113-133.


"Randomly generated distributions," Israel Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 91, 1995, pp. 215-237 (with R. D. Mauldin).


Other Applications and Probability Models



“Analysis of Teller Service Times in Retail Banks,” Travis Cogdill and Michael Monticino.  Case Studies in Business, Industry and Government Statistics, Vol 1 No. 1, 2007, pp. 15-25. 


"Effects of Culture on Computer-Supported International Collaborations," (with Kathleen Swigger and Robert Brazile). International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Vol 60, Issue 3, pp. 365-380, 2004.


"Web-Analysis: Stripping away the hype," invited article IEEE Computer, December 1998.


"Directionally reinforced random walks," Advances in Mathematics, Vol. 117, No. 2, 1996, pp. 239-252 (with H. Weizsacker and R. D. Mauldin).


"A survey of the search theory literature," Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 38, 1992, pp. 469-494 (with S. J. Benkoski and J. R. Weisinger).



Administrative Address:

Division of Advancement

University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle #311250

Denton, Texas 76203-5017

Ph:  940 565 2010