SPEED Lab Former Members

This was the group as of Fall 2005:
Hiebeler's SPEED Lab Group, Fall 2005
(Amanda, Jen, David H., Ben, David G.)


Tod Shockey Dr. Tod Shockey
Associate Prof., Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Shockey works in mathematics education, with a focus on ethnomathematics. He has previously worked as a classroom teacher, and has many ties to various Native American communities. While at UMaine, Tod interacted regaularly with students and teachers at the Beatrice Rafferty School in Pleasant Point, Maine, at times on activities related to the SPEED Lab. In Fall 2009, Tod moved to the University of Toledo.


Andrew Audibert Andrew Audibert
High-School Student
Andrew worked with the group in the summers of 2009 and 2010, while he was a high-school student at Bangor High School. He worked on simulation models of the spread of malicious software (computer worms) through networks. In Fall 2010, he began attending Carnegie Mellon University as an undergraduate.
Yin Chiu Yin Chiu
Undergraduate Student
Yin is a double major in Biology and Mathematics, and joined the group in Fall 2008. She spent the Spring 2009 semester studying abroad in Ireland, and Summer 2009 participating in an REU program at North Carolina State University. From Fall 2009 through Spring 2010, she worked a bit on a model involving populations on dynamic landscapes with spatial and temporal correlations.
Ashley Coe
Undergraduate Student
Ashley was a Wildlife Ecology major, and in Fall 2007 worked with Dr. Hiebeler and Dr. Drummond on a simulation model of invading Asian woodwasps.
Amanda Criner
Undergraduate Student
Amanda did her B.A. in math, and worked on a variety of spatial epidemiological models with me from Fall 2004--Fall 2006, primarily household-structured models. She also attended MTBI in summer 2005. She finished her PhD in Applied Math at North Carolina State University in 2011.
David Gosselin
Undergraduate Student
David was in the Honors College; from Fall 2005--Spring 2006, he worked with me on ways to more efficiently simulate spatial stochastic population models, and on measuring some spatial and temporal features of the distribution of hosts in Internet address space. In Jan. 2007, David finished his honors thesis on ``Disease Spreading Across Social Networks.'' I was a committee member; Larry Latour in computer science was advisor. David is now working as a software engineer for BAE Systems in New Hampshire.
Jennifer Houle
Undergraduate Student
Jennifer was in the Honors College. Jennifer spent the 2004-2005 academic year studying abroad in Ireland, and worked with me from Fall 2005--Spring 2006. She finished her undergraduate honors thesis with me in May 2006 on "A spatial population model on a dynamic heterogeneous landscape", and then attended MTBI in summer 2006. She subsequently got a master's degree in Music Technology at University of Limerick in Ireland, and then worked for a private company for some time. In Feb. 2009, she entered a mathematical biology PhD program in the School of Biological Sciences at Queen's University Belfast (Ireland).
Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson
Graduate Student
Andrew came to UMaine in Fall 2008 to work with Drs. Hiebeler and Drummond on theoretical models of relations between dormancy and spatial effects. He finished his Master's degree in the UMaine Ecology and Environmental Sciences program in Fall 2010, on "Dormancy and Dispersal in a Population Model with Correlated Landscape Disturbances".
(No photo yet) Avner Maiberg
Undergraduate Student
Avner was a Computer Science major working with the group from Fall 2011-summer 2012. He worked on developing Android mobile applications for SPEED Lab simulations. In summer 2012, he began graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jeff Merckens Jeff Merckens
Undergraduate Student
Jeff was a Math major, and joined the group in Fall 2008. In summer 2009, he participated in MTBI . In summer 2010 and a bit in 2010-2011, he worked on a model of populations on dynamic landscapes with spatial and temporal correlations.
(No photo yet) Errol Millios
Undergraduate Student
Errol was a Math major, and worked the group in Spring and Summer 2010. He worked on a lattice model of the spread of an infectious disease with clustered vaccinations. He graduated in 2010.
Ben Morin
Graduate Student
Ben worked with me from Spring 2005--Spring 2006; he finished his M.A. in math with me in May 2006. His thesis was on "The effect of static and dynamic spatially structured disturbances on a locally dispersing population model". He attended MTBI in summer 2005 and 2006 (and has worked for the program in many summers since). Ben went to Oregon State University for two years in their Ecosystem Informatics IGERT graduate program, before moving to the PhD program in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences at Arizona State University.
Nick Millett Nick Millett
Undergraduate Student
Nick is a Math major, and joined the group in Fall 2007. He attended MTBI in Summer 2008. He has worked on the block-disturbance model, and a lattice model of short-distance dispersal in extended neighborhoods. He finished his undergraduate honors thesis with me in May 2010 on "Mathematical Approximations of a Medium Dispersal Strategy in a Spatial Population".
Pam Reitsma
Undergraduate Student
Pam was an undergraduate in Math, with minors in human nutrition and neuroscience. She finished her degree in December 2007. Pam was a loosely-affiliated member of the group around 2006-2007; she did a bit with spatial population models, but then became more interested in neurobiology. Pam attended MTBI in summer 2006 and 2007. Pam entered the PhD program in Math at the University of Pittsburgh in Fall 2008.
Tyler Rigazio
Undergraduate Student
Tyler is a double major in Surveying Engineering Technology and Mathematics, and joined the group at the end of Fall 2007. After going through training materials in Spring 2008, he participated in MTBI in summer 2008, and worked a bit in Fall 2008 on measuring contiguous population clusters from lattice simulation models.
(No photo yet) Emma Strubell
Undergraduate Student
Emma was a Computer Science major working with the group from summer 2011-summer 2012, including finishing an undergraduate honors thesis on "Modeling the Spread of Biologically-Inspired Internet Worms" in May 2012. She worked on taking measurements of host clustering in IPv4 address space, as well as simulating the spread of Internet worms. In Fall 2012, she began graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Ben Wasserman
Undergraduate Student
Ben was a Wildlife Ecology and Math double major, and joined the group in Fall 2007, although he spent much of his time working for other faculty members in biology. Ben was a recipient of a prestigious Udall Scholarship in 2007. He finished his undergraduate honors thesis in Summer 2009, on "Predator Mediated Coevolutionary Responses To Competition In Poecilia Reticulata And Rivulus Hartii". He worked as a biological lab technician at UMaine and Duke University the following fall, and was planning to ship off with the Peace Corps We worked on a model of populations on heterogeneous landscapes.