Faculty

**Jennifer Bestman ****(Biology, Neuroscience)*** ***jebestman@wm.edu**

Cellular and molecular mechanisms that guide the development of the visual system.

**Gregory Conradi Smith**** (Applied Science, Neuroscience) ****greg@wm.edu**

Mathematical aspects of intracellular calcium responses and gene regulatory networks. The application of stochastic modeling to cell physiology. Computational neuroscience of thalamus and basal ganglia.

Effects of land use on bird populations (mercury, golf courses);
behavioral ecology (brain and bird migration, optimal foraging).

**Harmony Dalgleish**** (Biology) ****hjdalgleish@wm.edu**

Biological interactions critical to American chestnut reintroduction and the potential consequences of successful establishment of blight-resistant chestnut for the ecology and carbon dynamics of eastern US forests, population and community ecology, quantitative methods, mathematical population modeling, and environmental science.

**Sarah Day**** (Mathematics) ****sday@math.wm.edu**

Dynamical systems theory with an emphasis on topological and numerical methods, computational topology, and applications from biology, materials science, and physics.

The cellular and synaptic origins of the mammalian respiratory rhythm.

**John Delos (Physics)** **jbdelo@wm.edu**

Nonlinear dynamics of heart rhythms.

**Gregory Hunt (Mathematics)** **ghunt@wm.edu**

Statistics, analysis of high-throughput -omics data.

**Michael Drew LaMar**** (Biology) ****mdlama@wm.edu**

Mathematical biology, scientific computation, dynamical systems, stochastic processes and graph theory, with an emphasis in coupled oscillators, complex networks, directed graphs, Markov chains, neurobiology and cellular physiology.

**Matthias Leu**** (Biology) ****mleu@wm.edu**

Spatially-explicit modeling that can be implemented in conservation actions. Modeling the cumulative effects of human actions across large-scales, how humans affect species distributions, and how climate variability and change affect species distribution and demography.

**Romuald Lipcius**** (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) ****rom@vims.edu**

Ecology and conservation of the blue crab, Caribbean spiny lobster, queen conch, and marine bivalves. Ecosystem-based restoration and management of the blue crab and Eastern oyster.

**Helen Murphy**** (Biology) **** ****hamurphy@wm.edu**

Evolutionary biology, genetics, biostatistics.

**Mainak Patel**** (Mathematics) **** ****mjpatel@wm.edu**

Computational and mathematical neuroscience, including neural circuitry underlying sleep-wake switching behavior in infant mammals, phase-delayed inhibition network architecture.

**Joshua Puzey**** (Biology) **** ****jrpuzey@wm.edu**

Plant evolution, including the genetic basis of phenotypic novelty in hybrids, evolutionary and genomic consequences of whole genome duplications.

**Margaret Saha**** (Biology, Neuroscience) **** ****mssaha@wm.edu**

Molecular genetics of early vertebrate embryogenesis, particularly in the development of the nervous system.

**Leah Shaw (Mathematics) ****lbshaw@wm.edu**

Population dynamics in ecology and epidemics, adaptive social networks.

**Junping Shi**** (Mathematics) ****shij@math.wm.edu**

Mathematical analysis and simulation of reaction-diffusion models, delayed equations, predator-prey dynamics; Bifurcation and pattern formation in spatial ecology.

**John
Swaddle ****(Biology)**** ****jpswad@wm.edu**

Mechanisms and consequences of sexual selection. Perceptual mechanisms and sensory biases in sexual selection. The role of social information in the formation and inheritance of mate preferences.

**GuanNan Wang ****(Mathematics)**** ****gwang01@wm.edu**

Statistical learning, large scale data analysis, non-/semi-parametric statistics, survey sampling, spatial data analysis.