About Me


I am a dynamicist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University. Before that, I did my Ph.D at Brown University, where I was the Simon Ostrach Fellow at the School of Engineering. My advisor was Thomas R. Powers.

My background is in theoretical physics/applied math, especially the interface of liquid crystals, viscous hydrodynamics, geometry, dynamics, and the elasticity of plates, rods, and shells. In my doctoral work I solved several problems related to bacterial motility and collective dynamics in liquid crystals and confined geometries, and also some related to the dynamics and morphogenesis of thin nematic elastomers.

Nowadays I am interested in spatial structure and dynamic stabilization as they pertain to mathematical epidemiology and evolutionary dynamics. I am also interested in spatial models of cultural and linguistic evolution, with some extensions and applications in sociology. V. I. Arnol’d is my math hero.

I am also interested in singularity (or “catastrophe”) theory and its application both to the elasticity of ordered phases and to design, such as lights and fountains. I believe topology and abstract algebra should play a greater role in primary math education and am collecting examples of useful material in the forms of puzzles and interactive parks from around the world.

For more information, please see my CV

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