Faculty

Eduardo Fernandez

Eduardo Fernandez
Professor of Mathematics and Physics
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
fernane@eckerd.edu
Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science (MPC) 212
727.864.8402

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Eduardo Fernandez grew up in Madrid, Spain. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His thesis work dealt with models of magnetofluid turbulence in fusion and astrophysical plasmas. After living in Wisconsin for nine years, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area to do research on Hall thruster plasmas as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University. Eduardo joined the faculty at Eckerd College in the fall of 1999. He is now a tenured associate professor, teaching in the physics and mathematics disciplines. His research interests lie in the areas of turbulence in fusion and astrophysical plasmas, as well as electric propulsion (particularly Hall thrusters). Eduardo’s hobbies include playing basketball and enjoying the beach with his family.

Erin Griesenauer

Erin Griesenauer
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Iowa
grieseel@eckerd.edu
Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science (MPC) 204
727.864.8438

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Erin Griesenauer received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Iowa. Her undergraduate degree in applied mathematics is from the University of Tulsa. Her research is in the area of operator theory, and combines perspectives and techniques from abstract algebra, complex function theory, linear algebra, and differential geometry. In particular, she is interested in studying algebras of cross sections of holomorphic matrix bundles.

Keith Copenhaver
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Florida
copenhkj@eckerd.edu
Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science (MPC) 220
727.864.8461

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Lindsey Fox
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
foxl@eckerd.edu
Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science (MPC) 218
727.864.7138

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Nazarré Merchant

Nazarré Merchant
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Rutgers University
merchann@eckerd.edu
Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science (MPC) 219
727.864.8469

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Naz Merchant received his Ph.D. in linguistics from Rutgers University. Prior to his doctoral work in linguistics he attended the University of Oregon receiving a M.Sc. in mathematics and a M.Sc. in computer science. His undergraduate degree is from Eckerd College. His research focuses on the learnability of natural language grammars with an emphasis on the learning of optimality theoretic grammars. This research is currently restricted to parts of phonological, morphological, and lexical learning. Besides his research, Naz has more than a passing interest in actuarial science, having spent a number of years working as an actuary. He also enjoys running and biking. Check out his webpage.

Sean Murphy
Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
M.A., University of South Florida
murphyse@eckerd.edu
Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science (MPC) 217
727.864.8437

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Emeriti

Gerald J.G. Junevicus
Professor of Emeritus of Mathematics