Carrie Diaz Eaton
Associate Professor of Mathematics/ Center for Biodiversity
PhD, Mathematical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Tennessee
MS, Interdisciplinary Mathematics University of Maine
BS, Mathematics, Minor in Zoology University of Maine
Carrie Diaz Eaton's interest is in research and teaching in Mathematical Ecology. Her undergraduate degree from University of Maine was in mathematics, with a minor in Zoology, and worked on models of neurons involved in the sensory whisker system of rats for her honors research. During her Master's in Interdisciplinary Mathematics, she continued neuromodeling with applications to other mechanosensory systems in crickets.
Carrie then went to the University of Tennessee to pursue a degree in Mathematical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology where she studied primarily differential equations, probability, modeling for mathematics, and ecology, evolution, population genetics, and speciation, for ecology. Her research involves modeling how mutualistic interactions between species, such as plant-pollinator relationships, can affect the genetic profile of populations over time.
Carrie also has a passion for teaching interdisciplinary mathematics and mathematics pedagogy (teaching best practices). She developed a professional development program at the University of Tennessee in the Mathematics department to improve teaching practices in undergraduate classrooms, and she has taught and developed courses in Calculus for Life Sciences and Modeling Continuous Systems with Applications to Environmental and Life Science. She stresses that to have a solid foundation in understanding your field, you need to understand the theory, theory that is developed with the language of mathematics.