I am an assistant professor at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. My research is in biological modeling with an emphasis on population modeling, infectious disease modeling, and distribution modeling.
RECENT & UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS
Society for Mathematical Biology Annual Meeting
Student Summer Research Final Presentation: "A Spatial Model for Contaminants in the Nashua River Watershed"
August 1, 2019
Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association Annual Meeting: "Assessing the Longevity of Diamondback Terrapins in a Coastal Carolina Salt Marsh."
November 27, 2019
Modeling Canine Distemper Virus
Modeling Feral Hogs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
I have collaborated with the National Parks Service at Great Smoky Mountains National Park to better understand key population dynamics of their hybrid wild boar population, inform their control efforts, and evaluate disease threats. My work takes the form of three modeling projects: a discrete data-driven metapopulation model , a spatial niche model , and a compartmental disease model. I use control records to estimate key parameters and each project integrates acorn mast data with detailed vegetation data for the Park to accurately model key dynamics.
During my appointment at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), I was a mentor for an undergraduate group of researchers from across the country. We studied canine distemper virus (CDV), which is a highly infectious disease that recently surfaced in several animal shelters. Considering expert input from veterinarians, we derived a compartmental model for the disease in a shelter environment. Data was used to estimate key parameters for the model and we considered intervention strategies that would avoid depopulation of the shelter if CDV were to be introduced to the system.