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Curriculum Vitae

Hendrik J. (Rik) Blok

Integrated Sciences
University of British Columbia
Room 466, 6356 Agricultural Rd.
Vancouver, BC
Canada, V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604-736-6343
E-mail
Web

Teaching experience

  • Apr. 2003 – … (ongoing)
    • Lecturer at Integrated Sciences, UBC
      Director: Dr. Lee Groat
      • Instructor: ISCI 300, Interdisciplinary Seminar. (40 – 120 students / yr.)
      • Co-Instructor: ISCI 320, Research Development Retreat. (15 – 30 students / yr.)
      • Co-Instructor: ISCI 344, Game Theory. (20 – 30 students / yr.)
      • Co-Instructor: ISCI 422, Models in Science. (15 – 30 students / yr.)
      • Student advising and mentoring (20 – 40 students / yr.)
      • Administrative duties (program & course development, graduation adjudication, website maintenance, etc.)
  • July 2003
  • Jan. 2002 – Apr. 2002
    • Lab Instructor: UBC Physics 102, Electricity, Light and Radiation.
  • Sept. 1993 – Apr. 2000
    • Teaching Assistant: UBC Physics 153, Elements of Physics.

Research experience

  • Aug. 2005 – Aug. 2009
    • Research Associate at the Department of Zoology, UBC
      Supervisor: Dr. Michael Doebeli
      Spatial population dynamics modeling. See (Doebeli et al. 2007), (Pineda-Krch et al. 2007), and (Killingback, Blok, and Doebeli 2006) below for details.
  • Sept. 2002 – Aug. 2005
    • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Zoology, UBC
      Supervisor: Dr. Michael Doebeli
      Spatial population dynamics modeling.
  • Sept. 2000 – Aug. 2002
    • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC
      Supervisor: Dr. Peter Danielson
      Applied theoretical statistical physics tools to evolutionary game theory to demonstrate that culture can drive genetic evolution.
  • May 1997 – Aug. 2000
    • Research Fellow (Ph.D. work), Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Crisis Points Group, UBC
      Supervisor: Dr. Birger Bergersen
      Developed multi-agent econophysics model which showed that financial markets may self-organize near a critical phase transition. See (Blok 2000) below for details.
  • May 1993 - Apr. 1997
    • M.Sc. and Ph.D. student at the Department of Physics, UBC
      Supervisor: Dr. Birger Bergersen
      Explored claims of self-organized criticality in two-dimensional cellular automata. See (Blok and Bergersen 1999) and (Blok and Bergersen 1997) below for details.

Academic background

  • Dec. 1995 – Sept. 2000
    • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
      Degree granted: Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
      Supervisor: Dr. Birger Bergersen
      Thesis: On the nature of the stock market: Simulations and experiments. See [(Blok00b)] (below) for details.
  • May 1993 – Nov. 1995
    • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
      Degree granted: Master of Science in Physics
      Supervisor: Dr. Birger Bergersen
      Thesis: Life without bounds: Does the Game of Life exhibit Self-Organized Criticality in the thermodynamic limit? See [(Blok95b)] (below) for details.
  • Sept. 1991 – Apr. 1993
    • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
      Degree granted: Bachelor of Science, Physics Honours
  • Sept. 1988 – Apr. 1991
    • Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC, Canada
      Degree sought: Bachelor of Science, Physics Majors

Research skills

  • Analytic toolkit
    • Mean-field theory, 1993 – present.
    • Master equation, Fokker-Planck approximation, 1999 – present.
    • Game theory (Nash equilibria, utility, second-order preferences), 1999 – present.
    • Second-order critical phase transitions (scale-invariance, universality), 1993 – 2007.
    • Occupation number representation (second quantization), 2001.
    • Self-organized criticality, 1993 – 2000.
    • Bayesian probability theory, 1998 – 2000.
    • First-order phase transitions (nucleation, intermittency), 1999 – 2000.
    • Renormalization group (nonequilibrium/dynamically driven), 2000.
  • Data analysis
    • Characterization of critical phase transitions, determination of scaling exponents, 1995 – present.
    • Finite-size scaling, 1995 – 2000.
    • Fractional Brownian motion, Hurst exponent, autocorrelation, 1999 – 2000.
    • Levy flight, synthesis and characterization, 1999 – 2000.
  • Computer simulation
    • Cellular automata, 1993 – present.
    • Agent- or individual-based simulations, 1996 – present.
    • Evolutionary game theory (replicator dynamics), 1999 – present.
    • Types of updating schema (eg. parallel, sequential, Poisson), 1998 – 2001.
    • Types of interaction networks (eg. mean-field, lattice, small-worlds), 2000 – 2001.
    • Boundary conditions in spatial models, 1995 – 1997.

Computer skills

  • Microsoft Excel
    • Simulations, data analysis and visualization, 1992 – present.
    • Developed add-in to easily export charts to graphic format files (1999).
  • C and C++
    • Simulations, data analysis and utilities, 1993 – present.
    • Borland C++Builder (MS-Windows), 1997 – 2007.
    • Constructed general purpose modeling tool for MS-Windows ( R2DToo), 2001.
    • Gnu C++ (Unix), 1993 – 1997.
  • Gnuplot
    • Data analysis and visualization, 1995 – present.
  • LaTeX
    • Document preparation, 1998 – present.
  • NetLogo
    • Simulations and visualization, 2003 – present.
  • MATLAB
    • Simulations, data analysis and visualization, 2004 – present.
  • Mathematica
    • Theory and analysis, 2007 – present.
  • Waterloo Maple
    • Theory and analysis, 1997 – 2007.
  • Awk
    • Data analysis, 1998 – 2004.
  • Assorted
    • Also some experience with JavaScript, Pascal, Perl, and BASIC.

Publications (refereed)

References

Lee Groat (Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences)
Director, Integrated Sciences (2007 – … (ongoing)); Co-instructor, ISCI 320 (2008, 2009)
Integrated Sciences
UBC
Room 466, 6356 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada, V6T 1Z2
E-mail
Web
Tel: 604-822-3326
Fax: 604-822-2416
Michael Doebeli (Professor, Zoology and Mathematics)
Co-instructor, ISCI 320 (2004 – 2006, 2010); Postdoctoral research supervisor (2003 – 2009); Director, Integrated Sciences (2002 – 2006)
Department of Zoology
UBC
6270 University Boulevard
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada, V6T 1Z4
E-mail
Web
Tel: 604-822-3326
Fax: 604-822-2416
Douw Steyn (Professor Emeritus, Atmospheric Science)
Co-instructor, ISCI 422 (2004)
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
UBC
6339 Stores Road
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada, V6T 1Z4
E-mail
Web
Tel: 604-827-5517
Fax: 604-822-6088
Birger Bergersen (Professor Emeritus, Statistical Physics)
M.Sc. and Ph.D. supervisor (1993 – 2000)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
UBC
6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada, V6T 1Z1
E-mail
Web
Tel: 604-822-4360
Fax: 604-822-5324
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