Research Interests: In keeping with my interdisciplinary
educational background in biology, computer science, and
environmental engineering, my research interests involve
computational forward and inverse modeling and analysis of complex
biological and environmental problems. Most
of my early research has focused on developing novel computational
methods for large-scale, nonlinear, multi-scale tomographic inverse image reconstruction
problems in subsurface hydrology, geophysics, and deep-tissue
near-infrared fluorescence imaging. However, in the past
several years I have shifted my research 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 problems, including plant species' invasiveness in
ecological communities, biological speciation, the impact of
spatial topologies on information flow through complex interaction
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
visit my CV for a complete
list of publications, including pdfs of most of the journal pubs.
Arts (Northern Shaolin Praying-Mantis Kung Fu (since 1996; black
sash attained 12/14/02), Yin style Ba Gua Zhang (since 1996),
Tae Kwon Do (since 1991; 3rd degree WTF black belt attained
(gem and mineral collecting), perennial gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, camping,
sewing and related crafts, and of course my wonderful family,
including husband Peter and sons Stuart (1983) and 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!
Eppstein Frank Lloyd Wright House.
from class projects in CS/CSYS/BIOL 352 Evolutionary Computation