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Leah B. Shaw

Associate Professor
Dept. of Mathematics
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Location: 119 Jones 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 applied mathematics and physics 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.

Undergraduates interested in summer research should ideally contact me during the fall semester to allow time to develop a project before summer fellowship deadlines. However, students may inquire about undergraduate research opportunities at any time. To get started, here is a list of some current projects a student could work on.

I am an affiliate of the Applied Science Department and can mentor Applied Science Ph.D. projects related to mathematical biology. If you are interested in studying with me and have your own funding source for a Ph.D., please send me an e-mail.