Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2206
Phone: (936) 294-1581
Fax: (936) 294-1882
2004: PhD, Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1999: BS, Mathematics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
Research Interests
Algebraic Statistics, Computational Algebraic Geometry, Combinatorial Commutative Algebra
Assistant Professor, SHSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics (2007 - 2013)
SAMSI New Researcher Fellow, Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (Spring 2009)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University (2005 - 2007)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mathematical Science Research Institute (Fall 2004)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (Summer 2004)
Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (Spring 2003)
Graduate Research Fellow, Physical Science Laboratory (Summer 2000)
Teaching Activities
Teaching Math 1430, Math 2395, and Math 4377 during Fall 2015.
Mentoring Activities
Minicourse for Undergraduates: An Introduction to the Theory of Sandpiles at the Modern Math Workshop 2015. October 28 - 29, 2015.
Research Advisor of the MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI--UP) 2016 program on sandpile groups. Summer 2016.
National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences pre-doctoral mentor.
Early Career Mathematician Mentor as part of the MAA Early Career Mentoring Network and the Project NExT program.
Assistant Graduate Coordinator of SHSU's MS in Mathematics Graduate Program.
Research Activities
Developer of the algstat package for the free software environment for statistical computing and graphics R.
Senior developer of the Algebraic Statistics library for Macaulay2.
Algebraic Geometry in Algebraic Statistics and Geometric Modeling with Frank Sottile, Alex Diaz, Sarah Spielvogel and Jessica Ellis.
Small Phylogenetic Trees website. Mentioned in the SIAM News, Volume 40, Number 6, July-August 2007.
Frontiers of reality in Schubert calculus with Chris Hillar, Abraham Martin del Campo, James Ruffo, Zach Teitler, Steve Johnson and Frank Sottile.
Polynome: Discrete System Identification with Elena Dimitrova, Franziska Hinkelmann, Abdul Jarrah, Reinhard Laubenbacher, Brandilyn Stigler, Mike Stillman and Paola Vera-Licona.
Identifying causal effects in graphical models with Sarah Spielvogel and Seth Sullivant.
Inference of Structure and Dynamics of Molecular Networks with Paola Vera-Licona, Abdul Jarrah, John McGee and Reinhard Laubenbacher
Editorial Activities
Associate Editor of the Journal of Algebraic Statistics.
Associate Editor of the American Mathematical Monthly.
Member of the SIAM Activity Group in Algebraic Geometry.
Events of Interest
AIM SQuaREs on Ideals in Algebraic Systems Biology. September 14-18, 2015.
Modern Math Workshop 2015. October 28 - 29, 2015.
BIRS-CMO workshop on sandpile groups. November 15-20, 2015.
MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI--UP) 2016.
Rebecca Funke (University of Richmond) is a 2015 Goldwater Scholar.
Megan Chambers (Youngstown State University) won a MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session Oustanding Presentations award at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings.
Vince Longo (College of New Jersey) won a 2014 Student Research Presentation Recognition at the 2014 SACNAS National Conference.
Gautam Webb (Colorado College) won a 2014 Barry Goldwater Honorable Mention.
Alex Diaz and Andy Howard (Sam Houston State University) won a 2009 MAA Undergraduate Poster Session Prize at the 2009 Joint Mathematics Meetings.
SIAM News July/August 2007 Issue: Algebraic Geometers See Ideal Approach to Biology.