Department of Statistics and the College
Mary Silber conducts research on applied dynamical systems, with particular expertise in bifurcation theory and pattern formation. Her current interests include applications of these areas of expertise to tipping points in the Earth system, particularly related to ecological and climate mathematical models. She is a focus group leader in the Mathematics and Climate Research Network, which uses web-based tools to engage mathematicians in climate research. Her past research addressed applications to biological modeling, fluid mechanical systems, feedback control, and delay differential equations.
Her findings has been extensively published, most recently in Physical Review E, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Biophysical Journal, Physical Review Letters, the Journal of Geophysical Research, and Physica D (Nonlinear Phenomena). A recipient of the National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences CAREER Award, Silber was selected as a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2012.
She holds a BS in physics from Sonoma State University, a campus of the California State University, and earned her PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Following the completion of several postdoctoral fellowships, she served on the faculty of the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University.