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Tanya L. Leise

Associate Professor of Mathematics

(On Leave 1/1/2015 - 6/30/2015)

Departmental affiliations: Environmental Studies; Mathematics and Statistics


My research focuses on analysis of biological oscillators like the mammalian circadian clock, including relevant mathematical areas in differential equations and dynamical systems, as well as time-frequency analysis involving Fourier and wavelet transforms. I have also co-authored a variety of expository articles aimed at introducing undergraduates to cutting edge applied math research.

Professional Information

Submitted by Tanya L. Leise


Ph.D., Texas A&M University (1998).
M.S., Texas A&M University (1995).
B.S., Stanford University, with Honors (1993).

Teaching Interests

I especially enjoy teaching mathematics courses that include some applications: multivariable calculus, linear algebra, mathematical modeling, wavelet and Fourier analysis, and other applied math electives. Most of my courses include computer labs for exploration and visualization of mathematical concepts using Mathematica, MATLAB, R, and NetLogo. In my upper level courses, students do projects on topics of their own choosing to connect the mathematics to their particular interests.


I am an Amherst College co-PI, along with Amy Wagaman and Sheila Jaswal, for the NSF Four-College Biomathematics Consortium. I am also the director of a Clare Booth Luce grant to support research by undergraduate women at Amherst College in the physical sciences, computer science, and mathematics.


Research interests


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