Mary Lou Zeeman
R. Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics
Contact Information
mlzeeman@bowdoin.edu
2077253575
Mathematics
Searles Science Building  103
Teaching this semester
MATH 1600. Differential Calculus
Functions, including the trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; the derivative and the rules for differentiation; the antiderivative; applications of the derivative and the antiderivative. Four to five hours of class meetings and computer laboratory sessions per week, on average. Open to students who have taken at least three years of mathematics in secondary school.
MATH 3108. Advanced Topics in Modeling
A study of mathematical modeling, with emphasis on how to identify scientific questions appropriate for modeling, how to develop a model appropriate for a given scientific question, and how to interpret model predictions. Applications drawn from the natural, physical, environmental, and sustainability sciences. Model analysis uses a combination of computer simulation and theoretical methods and focuses on predictive capacity of a model.
Teaching next semester
MATH 1600. Differential Calculus
Functions, including the trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; the derivative and the rules for differentiation; the antiderivative; applications of the derivative and the antiderivative. Four to five hours of class meetings and computer laboratory sessions per week, on average. Open to students who have taken at least three years of mathematics in secondary school.
MATH 1700. Integral Calculus, A
The definite integral; the Fundamental theorems; improper integrals; applications of the definite integral; differential equations; and approximations including Taylor polynomials and Fourier series. An average of four to five hours of class meetings and computer laboratory sessions per week.
MATH 1808. Biomathematics
A study of mathematical modeling in biology, with a focus on translating back and forth between biological questions and their mathematical representation. Biological questions are drawn from a broad range of topics, including disease, ecology, genetics, population dynamics, and neurobiology. Mathematical methods include discrete and continuous (ODE) models and simulation, box models, linearization, stability analysis, attractors, oscillations, limiting behavior, feedback, and multiple timescales. Three hours of class meetings and oneandahalf hours of computer laboratory sessions per week. Within the biology major, this course may count as the mathematics credit or as biology credit, but not both. Students are expected to have taken a year of high school or college biology prior to this course.
Education
 B.A. & M.A. University of Oxford, UK
 Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests
 Geometric dynamical systems, mathematical biology, population dynamics, neuroendocrinology and hormone oscillations, climate modeling, sustainability and resilience.
Links
Lectures
 2016 SIAM Conference on Math of Planet Earth. Patrick Canning, Hans Kaper and Mary Lou Zeman, Minitutorial: Mathematical Issues in Food Systems: https://www.pathlms.com/siam/courses/3263/sections/4768
 2013 MAA Distinguished Lecture, Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9OW8vaRVdQ
Associated article: http://www.maa.org/meetings/calendarevents/maadistinguishedlectureseries/harnessingmathtounderstandtippingpoints  2013 SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, 2013
Exploring the DecisionSupport Component of MPE Questions
https://www.pathlms.com/siam/courses/2380/sections/3181/video_presentations/25879  Podcast 2007: Mathematical Modeling in Biology: What is it? and how is it useful?
Panel discussions and Interviews
 2015 Yes, It Still Matters — Why and How We Teach the Liberal Arts, panel discussion. Inaugural Symposium for Bowdoin President Clayton Rose. https://vimeo.com/143180921
 2013 Audio Interview about MLZ's life and math with MAA Director of Publications Ivars Peterson. http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/audio_clips/Zeeman_interview03_2013.mp3
 "Reaching Day Zero", Bowdoin Sustainability Panel, 2013: http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2013/04/bowdoinexpertswhatstudentscandoaboutclimatechange/
 Video Interview 2012: Joint Mathematics Meetings; Mathematics to Address Climate and Sustainability
News
 Bowdoin News 2014 http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2014/09/sabbaticalseminarszeemanontippingpointsandenvironmentalresilience/
 Bowdoin Academic Spotlight 2010: Modeling Climate Change Through Mathematical Collaboration
 Bowdoin Academic Spotlight 2007: Zeeman's Biomathematical Research
Mathematics and Climate Research Network

Mathematics of Planet Earth

Computational Sustainability Network

LotkaVolterra Systems

Mathematical Neuroendocrinology

Sir Christopher Zeeman Archive

Selected Papers
Mathematics, Sustainability, and a Bridge to Decision Support.
Mary Lou Zeeman
Guest Editorial, The College Mathematics Journal
Vol. 44, No. 5 (November 2013), pp. 346349
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/college.math.j.44.5.346#
Constant proportion harvest policies: dynamic implications in the Pacific halibut and Atlantic cod fisheries.
A.A. Yakubu, N. Li, J.M. Conrad and M.L. Zeeman
Mathematical Biosciences. 232 (2011) 66–77
Pituitary network connectivity as a mechanism for the luteinising hormone surge.
D. Lyles, J.H. Tien, D.P. McCobb and M.L. Zeeman
J. Neuroendocrinology. 22 (2010) 12671278.
Social stress alters expression of BK potassium channel subunits in mouse adrenal medulla and pituitary glands.
O. Chatterjee, L.A. Taylor, S. Ahmed, S. Nagaraj, J.J. Hall, S.M. Finckbeiner, P.S. Chan, N. Suda, J.T. King, M.L. Zeeman and D.P. McCobb
J. Neuroendocrinology. 21 (2009) 16776.
β_{2} and β_{4} Subunits of BK Channels Confer Differential Sensitivity to Acute Modulation by Steroid Hormones.
J. T. King, P. Lovell, M. Rishniw, M. I. Kotlikoff, M.L. Zeeman and D. P. McCobb
J. Neurophysiology. 95 (2006) 2878 – 2888.
A potential role of modulating inosotol 1,4,5triphosphate receptor desensitization and recovery rates in regulating ovulation
J. Tien, D. Lyles and M. L. Zeeman
Journal of Theoretical Biology 232 (2005) 105117
Disease induced oscillations between two competing species
P. van den Driessche and M. L. Zeeman
SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems 3 (2005) 601619
Resonance in the menstrual cycle: a new model of the LH surge
M. L. Zeeman, W. Weckesser and D. Gokhman
Reproductive Biomedicine Online 7 (2003) 295300
From local to global behavior in competitive LotkaVolterra systems
E. C. Zeeman and M. L. Zeeman
Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 355 (2003) 713734
An ndimensional competitive LotkaVolterra system is generically determined by the edges of its carrying simplex.
E. C. Zeeman and M.L. Zeeman
Nonlinearity. 15 (2002) 20192032.
Bounding the number of cycles of O.D.E.’s in R.
M. Farkas, P. van den Driessche and M.L. Zeeman
Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. 129 (2001) 443449
Threedimensional competitive LotkaVolterra systems with no periodic orbits
P. van den Driessche and M. L. Zeeman
SIAM J. Appl. Math. 58 (1998) 227234
A bridge between the BendixsonDulac criterion in R^{2} and Liapunov functions in R^{n}
J. Pace and M. L. Zeeman
Canadian Applied Mathematics Quarterly 6 (1998) 189193.
On directed periodic orbits in threedimensional competitive LotkaVolterra systems.
M.L. Zeeman
Proc Int’l Conf DEs & Applications to Biology & to Industry. World Scientific, Singapore, (1996) 563–572
Extinction in nonautonomous competitive LotkaVolterra systems.
F. Montes de Oca and M.L. Zeeman
Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. 124 (1996) 3677–3687.
Balancing survival and extinction in nonautonomous competitive LotkaVolterra systems
F. Montes de Oca and M. L. Zeeman
J. Math. Anal. Appl. 192 (1995) 360370
 J. Math. Anal. Appl.
Extinction in competitive LotkaVolterra systems.
M.L. Zeeman
Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. 123 (1995) 87–96.
Geometric methods in population dynamics.
M.L. Zeeman
Proc. Symposium Comparison Methods & Stability Theory. Marcel Dekker, Inc., NY. (1994) 339–347.
On the convexity of carrying simplices in competitive LotkaVolterra systems.
E. C. Zeeman, M.L. Zeeman
Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems & Control Science. Marcel Dekker, Inc., NY. (1993) 353364.
Hopf bifurcations in competitive threedimensional LotkaVolterra systems
M. L. Zeeman
Dynamics Stability Systems 8 (1993) 189217
Ruthenium Dioxide Hydrate, is it a Redox Catalyst?,
A. Mills and M. L. Zeeman
J. Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, 1981, 948950.