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. 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). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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), am a University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellow, and finished a term as a Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) fellow.
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, widely regarded as the premiere football information website in the world. A list of articles I've written for them be found here, which have been used on websites like ESPN.com, BleacherReport.com, Yahoo Sports, Deadspin, USA Today, and others. I have appeared on AM 810's The Program out of Kansas City and 1500 ESPN (Twin Cities) podasts by the names of Sports Analytics Department and Purple FTW! Most of my activity on Twitter is analytics related, and you can find me there at @PFF_EricEager.
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)