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Mary Silber

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

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Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA

B.S. Physics, California State University, Sonoma, CA

Research Interests

Professor Silber's research is in applied dynamical systems. She is an expert in bifurcation theory and in pattern formation. Her current research 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. Her past research includes applications to biological modeling, fluid mechanical systems, feedback control and delay differential equations.

Selected Publications


    "Transitions between patterned states in vegetation models for semiarid ecosystems", K.Gowda, H.Riecke, and M.Silber, Physical Review E 89 (2014).

    "Feedback control of unstable periodic orbits in equivariant Hopf bifurcation problems", C.M.Postlethwaite, G.Brown, and M.Silber, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 371 (2013).

    "Mechanistically Consistent Reduced Models of Synthetic Gene Networks",  L.Mier-y-Teran-Romero, M.Silber and V.Hatzimanikatis,  Biophysical Journal 104 (2013).

    "Three-wave interactions and spatio-temporal chaos", A.M.Rucklidge, M.Silber and A.C.Skeldon, Physical Review Letters 108 (2012).

    "Bifurcations leading to summer Arctic Sea ice loss", D.S. Abbot, M. Silber and R.T. Pierrehumbert, Journal of Geophysical Research 116 (2011).

    "Time-delayed feedback control of unstable periodic orbits near a subcritical Hopf bifurcation", G. Brown, C.M. Postlethwaite and M.Silber, Physica D 240 (2011).

     "A mechanism for switching near a heteroclinic network", V. Kirk, E. Lane, C.M. Postlethwaite, A.M. Rucklidge, and M. Silber, Dynamical Systems: An International Journal 25  (2010).

    "The origins of time-delay in template biopolymerization processes", L.Mier-y-Teran-Romero, M.Silber and V. Hatzimanikatis, PLoS Computational Biology 6 (2010).