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Department of Mathematics
phone: (208) 885-6742
fax: (208) 885-5843
300 Brink Hall

Mailing Address
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1103
Moscow, ID 83844-1103


Hirotachi Abo
Hirotachi Abo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: My research interests lie on objects in algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and multi-linear algebra. My current research focus is on the study of problems in multi-linear algebra from an algebro-geometric viewpoint.
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Lyudmlia Barannyk
Lyudmyla Barannyk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Applied Mathematics, Scientiļ¬c Computing, Mathematical Modeling, Asymptotic Methods, Boundary Integral Methods, Vortex Methods, Pseudo-Spectral Methods, Fluid Dynamics, Interfacial Instability, Partial Differential Equations, Grid-Free Numerical Methods.
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Somantika Datta
Somantika Datta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Applied harmonic analysis (frame theory, sampling theory, compressed sensing, approximation theory).
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Robert Ely
Rob Ely, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Student reasoning in mathematics, and also it relationship with historical reasoning in mathematics, particularly with respect to the infinite and the infinitesimal.
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Frank Gao, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Interface of Probability Theory, Functional Analysis and Convex Geometry. In particular, small deviations of Gaussian processes; metric entropy of function spaces and operators; and intrinsic volumes of convex bodies.
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Jennifer Johnson Leung
Jennifer Johnson-Leung, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: My research in number theory is motivated by the study of special values of L-functions, and in particular the equivariant Tamagawa number conjecture. The general conjecture is an elegant, yet powerful, statement which implies, among other things, the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture and Stark's conjecture.
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Paul Joyce
Paul Joyce, Ph.D.
Dean of College of Science & Professor
My research focuses on developing and rigorously testing statistical methods and stochastic models to describe genetic phenomena. These include models and methods to: predict how viruses adapt; show the effect of antibiotic resistance genes encoded on plasmids; predict ancestral relationships among species; and to understand the ecological structure of bacterial communities in biofilms. This broad focus has lead to collaborations with researchers in phylogenetics, population genetics, theoretical ecology, mircobial ecology, experimental evolution, conservation genetics, and the list is growing.
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Steve Krone
Steve Krone, Ph.D.
Research interests: Stochastic Processes and Mathematical Biology; especially interacting particle systems, population genetics and evolutionary biology, coalescent theory, spatial models in (microbial) ecology and epidemiology, combining experimental and theoretical approaches, diffusion processes and differential equations.
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Craig Miller
Craig Miller, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
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Linh Nguyen
Linh Nguyen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Mathematics of biomedical imaging and material sciences.
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Mark Nielsen
Mark J. Nielsen, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of College of Science and Professor of Mathematics
Research Interests: Discrete and combinatorial geometry. Problems of particular interest to me involve colorings of the plane, inscribing figures, and combinatorial questions about finite point configurations.
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Cynthia Piez
Cynthia Piez, M.S.
Senior Instructor
Research Interests: I am interested in the impact of technology on the teaching and learning of mathematics at the undergraduate level. In particular I am working with prospective secondary mathematics teachers and investigating the ways in which they interpret and link various representations. The mathematical context involves the investigation of properties and characteristics of functions in the presence of technology.
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Chris Remien
Chris Remien, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: I am broadly interested in mathematical biology, developing and applying mathematical techniques to answer important biological questions. Much of my research uses mathematical methods to analyze how animals process nutrients and toxins with applications in medicine and ecology. I have applied mathematical methods to issues as diverse as acetaminophen (paracetamol, Tylenol) overdose, incorporation of stable isotopes into animal tissues, and microbial detoxification of ingested toxins in mammals. The mathematics are diverse, including dynamical systems, bifurcation theory, probability, inverse methods, statistics, numerical analysis, and simulations.
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Brooks Roberts
Brooks Roberts, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Research Interests: Automorphic forms and representations.
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Stefan Tohaneanu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Commutative Algebra with applications to Combinatorics, Discrete Geometry, Algebraic Geometry, Coding Theory or Spline Approximation.
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Kirk Trigsted
Kirk Trigsted
Director of Polya
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Hong Wang
Hong Wang, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Graph Theory and Combinatorics.
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Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams, Ph.D.
Department Chair Mathematics & Statistical Science, Statistics Professor, and Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Research interests: statistical genetics, biostatistics, statistical methods applied to issues in natural resources, analysis of human twin data, estimation of disease prevalence.
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Alexander Woo
Alexander Woo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Algebraic Geometry and Algebraic Combinatorics.
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David Yopp, D.A.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Proof and reasoning teaching and learning and the knowledge needed for effective mathematics instructional coaching in elementary and middle grades.
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Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Scott Nuismer
Scott L. Nuismer, Ph.D.
My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of species interactions. The overall aim is to better understand how coevolution shapes patterns of biodiversity and the geographic distributions of interacting species. Work in my lab addresses these issues with a combination of mathematical modeling and field studies.
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