Dervis Can Vural

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

384G Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-6977

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Research Interests

Derviş Can Vural is interested in systems where (1) disorder and (2) strong interactions plays an important role. He uses analytic and computational approaches to solve many-body problems in statistical mechanics, condensed matter physics, and theoretical biology. Research themes include complex networks, population genetics and evolution, disordered / soft materials, many-body quantum mechanics, inverse problems, reliability theory, swarms and active matter.


B.S., Physics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2002
M.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011


All publications

Selected publications

1. M. Heidelman, D.C. Vural, Geomorphodynamics, evolution and ecology of vertical roots, Frontiers in Plant Science, 14:1047 (2023) 

2. S. Ghonge, D.C. Vural, Counterfactual Thermodynamics: Extracting work from a lack of change, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Applications, 11:126893 (2022)

3. V. Nguyen, D.C. Vural, Extinction in complex communities as driven by adaptive dynamics. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, January 1 (2021)

4. V. Nguyen, D.C. Vural, Theoretical guidelines for editing ecological communities. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 534, 110945 (2021)

5. G. Uppal, W. Hu, D.C. Vural, Evolution of chemotactic hitchhiking. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, doi: 10.1111/jeb.13695 (2020)

6. N. Rupprecht, D.C. Vural, Maxwell's demons with finite size and response time. Physical Review Letters, 123, 080603 (2019)

7. X. Fu, S. Kato, J. Long, H. Mattingly, C. He, D.C. Vural, S. Zucker, T. Emonet, Spatial self-organization resolves conflicts between individuality and collective migration, Nature Communications, 9.1 (2018): 2177

8. G. Uppal, D.C. Vural, Shearing in flow environment promotes evolution of social behavior in microbial populations, eLife. 2018 May 22;7:e34862

9. N. Rupprecht, D.C. Vural, Limits on inferring the past, Physical Review E, 97.6 (2018): 062155

10. S. Ghonge, D.C. Vural, Temperature as a quantum observable, Journal of Statistical Mechanics, 073102 (2018)