Coevolution, Mathematical Ecology, Modeling, and Education Lab

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Dr. Diaz Eaton helped win five-year, $2.9M National Science Foundation award to build QUBES website.
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Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton

Dr. Diaz Eaton’s research interests are in ecological modeling and education. Most undergraduates work with her in disease modeling, typically on model systems that are of interest to them.

Often they focus on data-informed disease modeling and control methods with students that have completed at least the core of the applied mathematics and statistics minor.  However, Dr. Eaton also offers undergraduate research opportunities in quantitative biology education research.  This may be related to educational data analysis, classroom curriculum development, communication (social media and beyond), and other interests students bring.

Disease Modeling Research

The Humans vs Zombies data project (Through Independent study, project assistant, and project leader classes) runs every year, collecting data about the spread of zombies across campus. Math students model that data to see what are the driving dynamical forces involved in game spread and do disease modeling work with Dr. Eaton. Kari Lemelin winner of national MAA award (Summer 2013) won the Research Award at student conference for independent study work (Fall 2012). And Jennifer Driscoll won Academic Excellence Award at student conference for independent study work (Fall 2015).

Education Research

Dr. Diaz Eaton is involved in two major NSF projects within mathematical biology education.  One is a virtual center that supports collaboration on quantitative biology education. She involves students in social media marketing, website development, and other communications. The second is a project with Dr. Emma Perry and Stephanie Wade which involves the integration of mathematics, writing, and marine biology.

Current Student-driven projects

Managing Chronic Wasting Disease by Elliot (Joey) Moran (IS student and Thesis) won the Research Award at student conference for independent study work (Fall 2015).

Past Student-driven projects

Tick management and predatory-prey reversal by Alexis White (IS student and Thesis) won the Presidential award at student conference for independent study work (Fall 2012) and was published in Fall 2014. She is now getting her PhD in Ecology at Old Dominion University on Research Fellowship through the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center.