Research Interests: In
with my interdisciplinary educational background in biology, computer
and environmental engineering, my research interests involve
forward and inverse modeling and analysis of complex biological and
problems. Most of my early research has
focused on developing novel computational methods for large-scale,
multi-scale tomographic inverse image
in subsurface hydrology, geophysics, and deep-tissue near-infrared
imaging. However, in the past several years I have shifted my
towards modeling and analysis of complex adaptive systems.
Current or recent
projects include developing, studying, and using novel bio-inspired
computational approaches for a wide range of important
including plant species’ invasiveness in ecological communities,
the impact of spatial topologies on information flow through complex
networks, identifying nonlinear interactions between single nucleotide
polymorphisms that predispose for complex disease traits, agent-based
integrated assessment modeling of transportation energy alternatives,
analyzing non-linearly interacting outages that cause cascading
failures in electrical networks, studying the evolution, structure, and
function of a world-wide network of neonatal intensive care units, and
exploring the effectiveness of
alternative search strageties used by hospital teams in seeking
improvements in health care. In a more general sense, I'm
interested in understanding evolution and evolvability and emergent
properties of dynamical processes on complex networks.
visit my CV for a
complete list of publications, including pdfs of most of the journal
Martial Arts (Northern Shaolin
Praying-Mantis Kung Fu
(since 1996; black sash attained 12/14/02), Yin style Ba Gua Zhang
1996), Tae Kwon Do (since 1991; 3rd degree WTF black belt attained
and mineral collecting), perennial
and related crafts, and
of course my wonderful family, including husband Peter and sons Stuart
Daniel (1988), my cats, and lots of other things!
Here are some poems I wrote in 2nd grade that I recently rediscovered -- they're certainly better than anything I've written since!
This is me practicing with my bagua saber -- yes, it really is as
big (and heavy) as it looks!
the Eppstein Frank Lloyd Wright