Areas of Expertise
Mathematical modeling in biological systems; algebraic and geometric topology; geometry; problem solving.
Professional Background Highlights
Ph.D. work in characteristic classes for stably almost-complex manifolds. Presentations at many conferences and seminars in topology. Design of a new course in mathematical modeling, presented in several locations and published. Work in mathematical modeling of the interaction between closely-related bird species, published and ongoing. Solutions to several problems in mathematics journals acknowledged.
Courses Offered at Redlands
MATH 100, MATH 121, MATH 121, MATH 150, MATH 204, MATH 221, MATH 231, MATH 241, MATH 251, MATH 321, MATH 325, MATH 341, MATH 355, MATH 360, MATH 459, MATH 460
Previous Teaching Experience
Gibbs Instructor (post-doc) at Yale University 1986-1988
Assistant Professor, Vassar College, 1988-1993
Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, 1980-1986
Awards and Honors
Phi Beta Kappa, 1979
Summa Cum Laude, 1980
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) fellowship recipient,
Innovative Teaching Award, University of Redlands, 1996
Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Redlands, 2004
Publications and Presentations
The Role of Dispersal in the Replacement of Golden-winged Warbler by
Blue-winged Warbler, in Natural Resource Modeling, vol. 18, no. 4, 537-547
Plan to Integrate Calculus II and III Curricula at University of Redlands
(with J. Beery, P. Cornell, A. Killpatrick), in Confronting the Core Curriculum:
Considering Change in the Undergraduate Mathematics Major, Mathematics Association of America, 1998.
A Modeling Course for the Environmental Studies Program, in Biomodeling
Workshop Projects 1993-1994, National Science Foundation, 1997
Relations among Generalized Characteristic Classes, Pac. J.
Math. 45 (1990), 239-254
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