Skylar Grey



I am a Van Vleck Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the Department of Mathematics.

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My Identities

I want my colleagues and mentees to feel comfortable being their authentic selves with me. I have been very pleased to work with mentors who have encouraged me to be my authentic self. I identify as queer and agender. I have autism and PTSD. I have white privilege. My hobbies include reading queer romance novels, playing with my cats, and walking in blizzards.

Diagram of a two patch model with migration.

Research Interests

I am an applied mathematician, primarily focusing on mathematical biology. I take biological data, use mathematical techniques to analyze these data, and try to answer biological questions. Along the way I try to answer mathematical questions too. My dissertation research focused on management strategies, dynamics of discrete models, and contact tracing in Ebola. I work with collaborators from the US, Europe and Africa. My collaborators include mathematicians, biologists, and statisticians. The majority of my collaborators work in academia, but some work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. My current work explores intersectionality in human migration due to climate change.


She is named after the Roman goddess of the hunt. Some of my students call her Professor Meow Meow.


In this picture she has just woken from a nap. She catches zoomies at least once a day.


Grey, Skylar, Suzanne Lenhart, Frank M. Hilker, Daniel Franko. "Optimal control of harvest timing in discrete population models." Natural Resource Modeling, e12321.

Burton, Danielle, Suzanne Lenhart, Christina J. Edholm, Benjamin Levy, Michael L. Washington, Bradford R. Greening, K. A. White et al. "A Mathematical Model of Contact Tracing during the 2014–2016 West African Ebola Outbreak." Mathematics 9, no. 6 (2021): 608.

O’Regan, Suzanne M., and Danielle L. Burton. "How stochasticity influences leading indicators of critical transitions." Bulletin of mathematical biology 80, no. 6 (2018): 1630-1654.

Burton, Danielle, and Shandelle M. Henson. "A note on the onset of synchrony in avian ovulation cycles." Journal of Difference Equations and Applications 20, no. 4 (2014): 664-668.