October 16, 2018

Mary Lou Zeeman, the R. Wells Johnson professor and chair of the mathematics department at Bowdoin College, will deliver Susquehanna University’s annual lecture as the Claritas Distinguished Speaker in the Sciences.

The lecture, titled Understanding Tipping Points and Resilience for Sustainability, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The topic of resilience is the university’s theme this academic year and is being discussed in a variety of formats throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Zeeman is a co-founder of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Activity Group on the Mathematics of Planet Earth and codirects the Mathematics and Climate Research Network. Her specialty lies in dynamical systems and their application to mathematical biology.

Her research interests include population dynamics, neuroendocrinology and hormone oscillations, sustainability, climate modeling and resilience.

Zeeman earned her Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Bowdoin College in 2006, she spent 15 years on the faculty of the University of Texas, San Antonio.

The Distinguished Visitor Program at Susquehanna University was endowed by George E. ’64 and Margaret Lauver ’66 Harris to support lectures, seminars or residencies by nationally recognized leaders in business, government or education on topics in the public interest. This series brings an accomplished scholar in the sciences to campus annually for a public address, typically in the fall.