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Common Research Themes
Our department’s research focus areas and strengths span the disciplines of mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Shared research threads include:
 Research Design and Analysis

Modeling

Biological and Ecological Applications

Geometric Methods

Dynamical Systems
Faculty Research Interests
Mathematics
David Ayala
Algebraic and Differential and Geometric Topology
Blair Davey
Lisa Davis
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Sensitivity Analysis, Mathematical Models of Biological Systems
Jack Dockery
Numerical Methods, Mathematical Biology, Perturbation Methods, Applied Mathematics
Tomas Gedeon
Mathematical Biology; in particular, I am interested in modeling network dynamics in cell biology and systems biology.
Lukas Geyer
Complex analysis, complex dynamics, fractal geometry
Ryan Grady
Geometry, Topology, & QFT
Sam Gunningham
My work is centered around the field of Geometric Representation Theory, which involves aspects of Representation Theory, Algebraic Geometry, Topology, and Mathematical Physics. Some particular interests include Dmodules, topological field theory, skein modules, and (higher) categorical structures.
Jaroslaw Kwapisz
My background is in Dynamical Systems. I am currently interested in quasisymmetric renormalization for infinitely ramified fractals, Anosov maps on infranil manifolds, nonMeyer substitution Delone sets, and applications of geometry of Stokes space to multi mode fiberoptic communication.
Scott McCalla
My approach to applied mathematics combines modeling, computation, and analysis to understand problems stemming from general pattern forming systems. Pattern formation is seen in ecological and biological models, chemistry, physics, and even the social sciences. Typical examples are the traveling waves in the FisherKPP equation for the transmission of favorable genes or the SIR model for disease epidemics, ringed vegetation patches in desert grasses, hexagon patches in gas discharge experiments, ferrosolitons in ferromagnetic fluid experiments, and crime hotspot formation. My viewpoint is driven by dynamical systems, and I typically use techniques from spatial dynamics, bifurcation theory, and nonlinear wave propagation.
Mark Pernarowski
Applied mathematical techniques in mathematical models of biological problems. Perturbation methods, stability analysis, dynamical systems theory, bifurcation theory, ordinary and partial differential equations, computer simulations.
Tianyu Zhang
Mathematical modeling of biofilm and material science, Scientific Computation, Numerical Analysis
Dominique Zosso
My research interests are variational and PDE methods, and efficient algorithms to solve inverse problems in imaging, computer vision, and related machine learning applications. There is a strong convergence between problems and methods in imaging on the one side, and data science and machine learning on the other side, and in my research I want to further explore these commonalities.
Affiliate Research Areas
Prasanta Bandyopadhyay (Philosophy)
Statistical/probabilistic notions to longstanding conundrum of methodological issues
Brittany Fasy (School of Computing)
Topological Data Analysis
Kathi Irvine (USGS)
Ecological Statistics
Statistics
Katharine Banner
Applicationdriven method development, particularly for ecological applications; multimodel inference, model combination, and model selection; bayesian methods; promoting the appropriate use of statistical methods in practice; providing accessible computing and visualization tools (e.g., R packages) for practitioners; statistics education
John Borkowski
response surface methodology, experimental design, sampling, quality control
Mark Greenwood
High dimensional data analysis and visualization (especially related to functional data analysis), longitudinal data analysis and hierarchical modeling, measurement error correction methods, philosophy of statistics, and model selection techniques. Application areas include environmental, education, and health related data.
Stacey Hancock
Statistics education, time series analysis, environmental statistics
Andrew Hoegh
As an applied Bayesian statistician, much of my work is motivated by working on problems with scientists. From these collaborations come both applied papers and the motivation for more theoretical works. The general focus of my research is Bayesian computation for data analyses with complicated structure, including spatial and spatiotemporal components. Applications of these methods range, but are mainly in the environmental or ecological sciences or related to sports analytics.
Ian Laga
I am primarily interested in Bayesian modeling, networks, generalized linear models, and specifically applications related to HIV and hardtoreach, or key, populations like sex workers and drug users. The statistical methods used to estimate population sizes are quite diverse, so my research involves small area estimation and geospatial methods, with a current emphasis on the Network Scaleup Method. I am also broadly interested in anything related to Bayesian computing.Shinjini Nandi
My primary interest is in the development of new statistical theory and methodology in the realm of multiple comparisons. Multiple comparisons is a highly active research area in the broad domain of high dimensional statistical inference. Her current research focuses on development of new methods of multiple comparisons to test complex structures of hypotheses that are frequently obtained from a wide variety of scientific studies including but not limited to genomics, brainimaging studies, astronomical data, etc.
John W. Smith
Calibration, simulation, and inference of largescale dynamical systems (especially those related to ecological applications), iterative nearterm forecasting, Bayesian hierarchical modeling, application driven methodology, Gaussian process surrogate modeling and optimization.Mathematics Education
Elizabeth Burroughs
Mathematical modeling in K12 mathematics classrooms; connections between the mathematics preservice teachers study as undergraduates and the mathematics they will teach to school students; mathematics coaching in elementary mathematics classrooms
Mary Alice Carlson
Teacher learning and teacher change in mathematics; innovative formats for teacher professional development; mathematics teacher leadership; eliciting, understanding and making use of students’ mathematical ideas when teaching; mathematical modeling in formal and informal settings
Jennifer Luebeck
Effective models of schoolbased professional learning for preservice and inservice teachers (e.g., lesson study, coaching, learning communities, classroom action research); overcoming barriers to providing contentfocused professional development for rural and otherwise isolated mathematics teachers; effective uses of online and blended learning to develop mathematical and pedagogical knowledge for teaching; construction of knowledge through mathematical discourse in the online learning environment
Megan Wickstrom
K16 students' understanding of geometric measurement; the teaching and learning of mathematical modeling; teachers' understanding and incorporation of research into practice