Christopher Bergevin

   York University
   Department of Physics & Astronomy

Of recent/upcoming note...

Slightly in the past...

York University


Research Interests

General (Current) Areas of specific focus


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Previous Conference Presentations

[NOTE: ARO = Association for Research in Otolaryngology
             ASA = Acoustical Society of America
             BPS = Biophysical Society
             CUPC = Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference]

Jumps/Downloads/Older bits (links, talks, workshops, data, pictures, etc...)

  • BPHS 2090 slides (Oct. 2019 class lecture re Peripheral sensory transduction)
  • 2019 CVR Summer school [CB talk slides: pdf]
  • 2019 BSC meeting - Biomechanics of Tuvan Throat Singing [see website (w/ audio files)]
  • Slides from CAP Congress "DPMB 101" talk Random walkers & electrodiffusion: A primer (pdf, ~17 MB). DPMB also has a new (rough draft) logo.
  • The York University Department of Physics & Astronomy hosted the 2018 Biophysics Contest, open to all Ontario high school students and with substantial cash awards. Contest details can be found here. The York undergraduate biophysics program webpage can be accessed here
  • Slides from 2018 CVR Summer School (large download, ~71 MB)
  • Slides from 2017 CVR Summer School (large download, ~74 MB)
  • 2017 OAPT Conference: Slides from CB presentation "Neuroscience: Mixing physics & biology (and everything else) together" can be accessed here
  • The first-year Integrated Science was launched in 2016! CB teaching bits from Fall 2016 can be accessed here
  • Mathematics of Hearing (MathHear) 2017
  • Mechanics of Hearing (MoH) 2017
  • CAP Congress (Queens University, May/June 2017)
  • Slide from a recent talk for the York University Scholars Hub speakers series can be downloaded here (~55 MB download)
  • CAP Congress (Ottawa, June 2016)
  • SIAM Life Sciences (Boston, July 2016)
  • Centre for Vision Research (CVR) Vision Science Summer School (2016 Slides)
  • News blurb on a 2015 paper (and here is another, this time in German; see pg.4)
  • Slides from a Fall 2012 talk at York University for high school physics teachers on the biophysics of hearing (~30 MB)
  • One particular reptile species that I've been hoping to work with. They have a keen sense of hearing, due to their hunting skills
  • Geocaching - Go outside and get yourself some fun
  • Desktop pictures for the sole purpose of decorating something that you likely look at a lot....
  • The Pygmy Marmoset Conference (PAGE) 2013 - And the keynote speaker is....
  • BioMath webpage at the University of Arizona
  • Sense to Synapse: Biophysical Mechanisms of Perception (April 2012)
    A one-day conference designed to bring together those in the greater NYC area interested in the biophysics underlying the sensory systems
         → Click here for the flyer
  • Maryanne Amacher Tribute 'Intelligent Life' (MIT, 10.22.11) [flyer (pdf); talk slides (pdf) ]
  • UBRP 22nd Annual Conference (January 22, 2011 Tucson, AZ)

  • Click here for a higher-res image of the poster (picture taken at Central Park Zoo, Jan. 2010)

  • ASM CUE 2010 (downloads are in pdf format): recent JMBE article , mathematics attitude questionnaire, draft of presentation slides
  • Simple code that allows you to listen to a spontaneous otoacoustic emission. Via Matlab, you can filter the signal (either high-pass or band-pass) and play it back out. Note that your ear can pick up quite readily what the statistics does for you (i.e. for filtered noise, the amplitude modulation is quite noticeable while for an SOAE, you can hear the stable amplitude). The zipped file should contain everything you need (including an SOAE time waveform from a human female ear containing several nice peaks). [posted July. 2009]
  • Spontaneous otoacoustic emission data taken from an adult Tokay gecko on 7/19/07. The file is a large time waveform (60 s long at a sample rate of 22050 Hz). For convenience, this file shows how to plot the resulting (averaged) spectrum in order to visualize the SOAE peaks, but many other insightful forms of analysis could be done..... [posted Feb. 2009]
  • Data on various aspects of cochlear morphology across a wide range of species compiled from various sources. Insightful to plot and do various statistical analyses on. Two files are included (and intended for use in Matlab): this file will create a structure in Matlab containing the data, while this file provides an example of how to extract and plot the data from said structure [posted Feb. 2009]
  • Math Instruction Colloquium [~0.9 MB pdf, Jan. 2009] Talk given to the mathematics education group at the University of Arizona. Talk highlights some of the challenges associated with integrating mathematics and biology pedagogy.
  • Mathematical Physics Seminar [~3 MB pdf, Sept. 2008] - Slides from a talk outlining proportionality between phase-gradient delay and tuning bandwidth for the harmonic oscillator. Also fleshes out SFOAE model for the lizard ear, extending the result derived for the HO
  • Scientific Writing [~3.4 MB pdf, 2008] - Talk given to UofA summer undergraduate biology students (UBRP) on various aspects of technical writing.
  • Lizard OAEs [~4.1 MB pdf, 2008] - Talk given at the UofA math depatment modeling seminar about a model describing the phase-gradients delays in lizard otoacoustic emissions.
  • Appendix chapter from PhD thesis outlining a relatively simple (i.e. 1-D, passive and linear) model of the mammalian cochlea [~0.3 MB pdf, 2007].
  • Slides from a talk given based upon the aforementioned Appendix chapter [~1.4 MB pdf, 2007].
  • Synchronization of chaotic systems [~0.6 MB pdf, 1999] - Undergraduate paper written on how to get two chaotic electronic circuits to synchronize with one another (also see here for brief overview)
  • Thermometry [~0.3 MB pdf, 1999] - Undergraduate (REU) paper written on a thermometry system operating down towards absolute zero with sub-millikelvin resolution

  • Teaching

    Present Courses Taught (York University; Academic Year 2019-2020) Previous Courses Taught [University of Arizona (2007-2010), York University (2012-2016)]

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    Dynamic range of hearing dimensional analogy [courtesy of D. Freeman]