In my research, I build and analyze simple mathematical models (equations or systems of equations) of ecological or biological processes. My goal is to discover general principles. Recent motivating questions are "How does evolution affect the optimal movement of organisms?" and "How does natural selection shape animal aggression?" I have many related and unrelated project ideas for students at every level, so if you are a student who might be interested in trying mathematical research, I encourage you to meet with me.
I teach a wide variety of courses in the math department including Finite Mathematics with Calculus; Statistics for Business, Economics, and Management; Intermediate Statistics; Calculus; Linear Algebra; Differential Equations; Probability; Numerical Analysis; and Research Experience in Mathematics. In addition to teaching, I enjoy advising students on independent research projects and senior theses, as well as attending students' concerts, plays, sporting events, and other extracurricular activities.
Outside of research and teaching, I enjoy working with students in various ways. I am a Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant in which my colleagues and I mentor nine undergraduate students in mathematical research at Ithaca College during the summer months. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit our webpage. With other colleagues, I help coordinate and administer the mentoring of incoming math majors and also the IC Women in Math Day, which helps attract and retain young women in mathematics; both of these programs are supported by the Tensor grant awarded by the Mathematical Association of America. I also advise students in the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. Preparations for this four-day contest typically take place in the fall semester, but contact me anytime if you are interested.