Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton

Research Program: Multi-scale approach to interdisciplinary and inclusive quantitative education as a socio-ecological system, grounded in the theory and modeling of complex adaptive systems.

Education

Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2013                                  

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, Knoxville, TN

“Modeling the genetic effects of mutualism on communities”

Advisor: Dr. Sergey Gavrilets

M.A. in Mathematics, 2004

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, Orono, ME

“Ion channel dynamics in interneuron models of the cricket cercal sensory system.”

Advisor: Dr. Sharon Crook

B.A. in Mathematics with Honors, 2002

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, Orono, ME

“The mathematical properties and underlying structure of fast-spiking cell and networked cell models.”

Honors Thesis  Advisor: Dr. Sharon Crook

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Studies

BATES COLLEGE, Lewiston, ME, 2018 - current

Director of Partnerships & co-Founder

QUBES Virtual Center, qubeshub.org, 2014 - current

Visiting Faculty (Sabbatical appointment)

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Fall 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, Orono, ME

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Environmental Literacy Program, School for Environmental Citizenship, 2016 - 2018

Center for Biodiversity, 2013 - 2016

UNITY COLLEGE, Unity, ME

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Center for Biodiversity, 2010 - 2013

UNITY COLLEGE, Unity, ME

Visiting Faculty

COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC,  Bar Harbor, ME, 2010

Adjunct Faculty

Project GRAD, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, Knoxville, TN, 2009

Research and Teaching Associate

Research, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,  2004 - 2009

Teaching, Department of Mathematics,  2004 - 2009

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, Knoxville, TN

Adjunct Faculty

via Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, ME, 2003 - 2004

JACKSON LABORATORIES, Bar Harbor, ME

Research and Teaching Assistant

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 2002 - 2004

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, Orono, ME

Honors and Awards

Fellowships and Professional Achievement Awards

Teaching Awards

Research Grant Awards

Note: As most of these awards are collaborative and multi-institutional, please click on the award link to see the full co-PI list and affiliations.

Publications

*indicates mentored student work

Peer-reviewed, Submitted or Published

  1. Ackman O, Diaz Eaton C, Horenzick D, Jenkins K, Thompson KV (In revision) Pathways to national reform of interdisciplinary learning across mathematics and biology.
  2. *Neitzel, S and Diaz Eaton C, (In revision) Network analysis for the assessment of interdisciplinary teaching practice.
  3. Diaz Eaton C, LaMar MD, and McCarthy M. 2020. 21st Century Reform Efforts in Undergraduate Quantitative Biology Education: Conversations, Initiatives, and Curriculum Change in the United States of America. Letters in Biomathematics. 7 (1), 55–66. https://lettersinbiomath.journals.publicknowledgeproject.org/index.php/lib/article/view/215
  4. Topaz CM, Cart J, Diaz Eaton C, Shrout AH, Higdon JA, İnce K, Katz B, Lewis D, Libertini J, and Smith CM.  2020. Comparing demographics of signatories to public letters on diversity in the mathematical sciences. PLoS ONE. April 28, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230811 
  5. Diaz Eaton C, Dahlquist K, Highlander H, LaMar MD, Ledder G, and Schugart RA. 2019. “Rule of Five” Framework for Models and Modeling to Unify Mathematicians and Biologists and Improve Student Learning. Special Issue on Interdisciplinary Conversations, Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematical Undergraduate Studies [PRIMUS]. DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1489318

**This paper in December 2019, only a few months after publishing, had the most cumulative reads of any paper published in the last 3 years of PRIMUS**

  1. Diaz Eaton C and Bailey LM. 2018. Finding Luz: Illuminating our identities through duoethnography. Special Issue on Mathematics and Motherhood, Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. 8(2):60-89. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201802.08.
  2. Diaz Eaton C and Highlander, H. 2017. The Case for BioCalculus: Design, Retention, and Student Performance. CBE-Life Science Education. 16(2):ar25. Link
  3. Diaz Eaton C, Anderson LJ, Allen, D, Bowser, G, Pauley MA, Williams, KS, and Uno, GE. 2016. Summit of the Research Coordination Networks for Undergraduate Biology Education. CBE-Life Science Education. 15(4):mr1. Link
  4. Donovan S, Diaz Eaton C, Gower ST, Jenkins K, LaMar MD, Poli DB, Sheehy R, and Wojdak JM.  2015. QUBES: A community focused on supporting teaching and learning in quantitative biology. Letters in Biomathematics. 2(1):46-55. Link
  5. *White A, Nadolny R, Diaz Eaton C, Gaff H. 2014. Modeling Effectiveness of Tick Control by a Species that Exhibits Predator-prey Role Reversal.  Final Proceedings of the Modeling, Simulation & Visualization 2014 Student Capstone Conference, pg 161-166.  Link.
  6. Diaz Eaton C and Wade, S. 2014. Collaborative learning through formative peer review with technology. PRIMUS. 24(6): 529 - 543. DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2014.881442.
  7. Diaz Eaton C.  2008.  Co-evolution.  In Encyclopedia of Ecology, ed. Sven Erik Jorgensen & Brian D. Fath, 1st Edition, Elsevier B.V., Oxford, pg 659-663.
  8. Diaz Eaton C, Crook S, Cummins G and Jacobs GA. 2004. Modeling ion channels from the cricket cercal sensory system. Neurocomputing 58-60:409-415.

Book and Special Issue Projects

Journal and Book Editorials 

(refereed by publisher’s editorial board, published in peer reviewed journals/books)

Other Publications

In the Media

Invited Presentations

Professional Leadership and Outreach

Professional Leadership

Convening conversation

Editorial board

Executive boards

Service grants/advisory boards

Professional Societies

Professional Service and Outreach

Reviewer

Selected other service to professional community

Selected service to local community for the profession

Service to Bates College

Selected additional institutional service

Workshops and Certification Programs

Selected Teaching Development Activities

Selected Research Activities

Languages

Supplemental details and information

Teaching Appointment Details

Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Studies

BATES COLLEGE, Lewiston, ME

School for Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018 - current

Teaching: Discrete Structures and Modeling, Information Literacy/Calling Bull, Community Organizing for a Digital World, Past, Present and Possible Dystopian Future of Computing, Introduction to Computing for Science and Mathematics, Network Analysis

Advising: Supervised grant-funded research students (4 in the 2018-2019 year, 2 in 2019-2020) and 1-2 attached tutors per semester.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

UNITY COLLEGE, Unity, ME

Environmental Literacy Program, School for Environmental Citizenship, 2016 - 2018

Center for Biodiversity, 2013 - 2016

Assistant Professor

UNITY COLLEGE, Unity, ME

Center for Biodiversity, 2010 - 2013

Teaching: Foundational mathematics including  Statistics, Modeling Disease Ecology, Discrete Modeling, Spanish I, Summer Bridge in sustainability science and studies, developed online graduate course in Systems Thinking for environmental professionals

Advising: Undergraduate theses (4), supervised work-study and grant-funded students (3), Advisor of Humans vs Zombies club, past advisor to Spanish Language Table and American Sign Language club

Visiting Faculty (Sabbatical appointment)

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, Orono, ME

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Fall 2016

Research/Affiliated groups: Undergraduate Biology Education, STEM Education, Dynamical Systems, Ecology and Evolution

Visiting Faculty

COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC,  Bar Harbor, ME, 2010

Teaching: Modeling Continuous Systems with Differential Equations

Graduate Teaching and Research Associate

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE,   Knoxville, TN

Department of Mathematics and

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2004 - 2009

Research: Evolutionary Theory - Complex Adaptive Systems

Mathematical Tools Utilized in Dissertation: ODEs, Difference equations, Probability, Statistics and Data- fitting, Graph Theory, Linear Algebra, Network Assembly Theory, Information Theory, Data-visualization, Computation via MATLAB

Teaching Awards:

Department Graduate Teaching Award, 2009

University Graduate Teaching Award, 2008

Undergraduate Teaching: Mathematics for Life Sciences, Quantitative Reasoning for Liberal Arts

Graduate Teaching: Co-developed and taught graduate student professional development and certificate program including graduate courses such as GTA Teaching Development Seminar, Mentoring Graduate Students Seminar, and Advanced Topics in Mathematics Education

Adjunct Faculty

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE,   Knoxville, TN, Project GRAD, 2008

Teaching: Algebra I – High school to college transition course for underrepresented Knoxville area students

Adjunct Faculty

JACKSON LABORATORIES, Bar Harbor, ME through Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, ME, 2003 - 2004

Teaching: Introduction to Mathematics for the Laboratory

Research and Teaching Associate

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, Orono, ME

Department of Mathematics, 2001 - 2004

Research: Computational Neuroscience

Teaching: College Algebra

Supporting Coursework: Population Genetics, Quantitative Genetics, Conservation Biology, Topology, Computational Modeling, Bioinformatics

Theses advised

(Note: These are only as lead advisors. Theses at Unity are not required and have 2 advisors each, typically a within-major lead and a consultant. Math/Stats did not have a major, but I occasionally advised students in the minor as lead.)

*Resulted in publication  †Resulted in college-wide award ‡Applied/community-based thesis option

Additional Research Information

Oral Contributed Presentations

Research Interests

Digital Networks of Professional Support in STEM

Digital and Computational Studies, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Center for Biodiversity, Unity College, Unity, ME

Interdisciplinary Digital, Computational, and Mathematical Undergraduate Education Research

Digital and Computational Studies, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Center for Biodiversity, Unity College, Unity, ME

Mentoring, Inclusion, and Diversity in STEM

Digital and Computational Studies, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Center for Biodiversity, Unity College, Unity, ME

Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Complex Adaptive Systems and Network Analysis

Digital and Computational Studies, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

School of Marine Science and School of Economics, University of Maine, Orono, ME, Spring 2012 - current

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Fall 2005 – present

Compartmental & Agent-based Modeling - Ecology, Epidemiology, and Neurobiology

Center for Biodiversity, Unity College, Unity, ME, Fall 2010 – 2018

Department of Mathematics, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

Applied Topology

Department of Mathematics, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

Publications in Preparation

*students

Internal and Travel Grants

Internal grants

Selected travel grants

Additional Service Details

Additional Professional Service

        

Additional Institutional service

Additional Training Details

Other Workshop details

Declined

Recorded for internal documentation needs only

I declined offers

Declined proposals, which take time and effort to write