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I defended my PhD in October of 2013 and currently conduct research modeling, analyzing, and optimizing complex systems in ecology and social systems. My dissertation was primarily concerned with a problem in mathematical ecology where I describe the spread of a biological invader over heterogeneous domains, but I am broadly interested in both applications and mathematical methods for dynamical systems, modeling, and mathematical data analysis. I am particularly interested in computational and data-driven approaches to problem solving, and I am often confronting mathematical models with data using statistical inference. My research is always interdisciplinary in nature, and typically includes a blend of mathematics, computer science, and probabilistic modeling. I enjoy working directly with scientists and engineers to obtain practical results, and have been fortunate to collaborate directly with ecologists and biologists both domestically and internationally to shape my research problems.




Mathematical and Probabilistic Modeling

2008 - 2013

Colorado State University

Ph.D in Mathematics

Advisers: Gerhard Dangelmayr & Patrick Shipman

Scientific Computing and Simulation


Dynamical Systems


Mathematical Biology & Ecology

2005 - 2007

University of Florida

M.S. in Mathematics

2001 - 2005

University of Mississippi

Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

B.S. in Mathematics, B.A. in French summa cum laude


Python (incl. Numpy, Scipy, Cython, Matplotlib, etc.)

MATLAB (incl. Parallel toolbox, MatlabMPI, OOP)

Git, GitHub