Masthead image
Leah B. Shaw

Associate Professor
Dept. of Applied Science
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Location: 303 McGlothlin-Street Hall

E-mail: lbshaw at

(757) 221-1278

BS Physics and Mathematics, Virginia Tech. MS Mathematics, Virginia Tech. PhD Physics, Cornell University.

My research employs tools from physics and applied mathematics to model the dynamics of biological populations, including epidemic spread and ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the effects of network structure and random fluctuations on population dynamics.

I mentor Ph.D. students in the Applied Science Department and undergraduate research students on a variety of mathematical biology projects. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact me before applying so that we can be on the lookout for your application. Undergraduates interested in summer research should ideally contact me by mid-February to allow time to develop a project before summer fellowship and summer housing deadlines. However, students may inquire about undergraduate research opportunities at any time.

My teaching includes courses on Nonlinear Dynamics (ASPC 755) and Random Walks in Biology (APSC 456).