Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Wisconsin - LaRiver Studies Center at UW-L and a research associate for the Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance. My research interests lie mainly in mathematical biology, specifically theoretical ecology and population dynamics. However I have begun working in data science, machine learning, epidemiology, mathematical sociology and sports analytics as well. I particularly enjoy studying how uncertainty and nonlinear processes affect the transient and long-term dynamics of both a single species and interacting populations (of animals, plants, ideas, information). Click here for an interactive demonstration of how the aforementioned stressors can affect population dynamics (credit to my friend and former student Humza Haider for setting up this page).
I also have a strong interest in mentoring undergraduate research, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning as it pertains to flipped classroom modalities and specifications grading for courses in applied mathematics and mathematical biology. I currently co-direct UW-L's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematical Ecology (NSF - DMS 1559663), and finished a term as a Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) fellow. A list of my publications, selected talks and poster presentations can be found via my Research page.
I have been teaching college mathematics since 2008, when I was a graduate student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (where I received my M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics/Mathematical Biology). During my career I have taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Applied Calculus, Calculus I, II and III, Mathematical Models in Biology, Linear Algebra, Introductory Statistics, Differential Equations and Theoretical Ecology. I am currently an incoming Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, and will use my resources to study how flipped learning and specifications grading affect student learning and professor experience. I am currently the outgoing Section NExT - Wisconsin director, and have a passion for serving early-career faculty as they make their way through the tenure track. Selected information and materials for my courses can be found via my Teaching page, or obtained by emailing me at email@example.com.
As an undergraduate I majored in mathematics and actuarial science at Minnesota State University - Moorhead, where I also played varsity football and was involved with the regional philanthropy group Students Today, Leaders Forever.
I still maintain a strong interest in both playing and the analysis of sports, as well as philanthropy. If you're interested football analytics, I suggest ProFootballFocus. A list of articles I've written for that website be found here, which have been used on websites like ESPN.com, BleacherReport.com, Yahoo Sports, Deadspin, USA Today, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, Chiefs.com, baltimoreravens.com, Buccaneers.com, BuffaloBills.com and Panthers.com. I also guest host a podcast and write for the webpage Let's Talk Vikings and have appeared on AM 810's The Program, 1500 ESPN's Sports Analytics Department and Purple FTW! podcasts.
For basketball, here's a link to a recent Chicago Tribune article where my good friend and brother-in-law Zack Ryan of Carmel High School discuss how we are injecting sports analytics into high school sports. In July of 2017 I am slated as an invited speaker at the Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
In terms of current philanthropic involvement, I am currently on the alumni board for STLF, after serving a year as the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse chapter's faculty advisor.
A list of the books I'm currently reading, or have recently read, can be found here.
(photos top: Top: My wife Stephanie, my daughters Madeline (4 yr.) and Chloe (2 yr.) and me (substantially older).
bottom: My father Brian, Chloe, Maddie, my great uncle Clair (who holds a Master's in Mathematics from Marquette and taught high school mathematics in the Twin Cities for many years), and me)