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Laurie Battle

Laurie   Battle

Associate Professor
Museum 104
Phone: (406) 496-4857
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Research Interests

My research interests are in applied mathematics, in particular mathematical biology. I collaborated with another mathematician/statistician to create a stochastic simulation model to study the interactions between a native and non-native trout species in the Snake River, Idaho. I am currently collaborating with a biologist in Taiwan on a study of the Formosan landlocked salmon, an endangered species in Taiwan. We are constructing a simulation model to predict the effects of dam removal on the abundance of this species. I also enjoy serving as a mentor for undergraduate research projects.


Non-Research Academic Interests

I help organize the Create Math Summer Experience at Montana Tech.


Selected Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar, Taiwan, 2014

Career in Brief

  • Associate Professor, Montana Tech, 2010 – present
  • Assistant Professor, Montana Tech, 2006-2007, 2008-2010
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Idaho State University, 2007-2008
  • Assistant Professor, Georgia College and State University, 2003-2006

Courses Taught

  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Methods of Proof
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Pre-calculus
  • College Algebra

Selected Publications

Battle, L. 2014. “Extremal eigenvalues for a Sturm-Liouville problem,” Applied Mathematical Sciences, 8(116): 5771-5781.

Battle, L., Van Kirk, Rob, and Schrader, Bill. 2010. “Effectiveness of flow management and rainbow trout Harvest on long-term viability of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the South Fork Snake River,” Proceedings of Wild Trout Symposium X, Sept. 28-30, 267-274.

Van Kirk, Robert W., Battle, Laurie and Schrader, William C. 2010. “Modeling competition and hybridization between native cutthroat trout and nonnative rainbow and hybrid trout”, Journal of Biological Dynamics, 4(2): 158-175.

Battle, L.E. 2007. “Stieltjes Sturm-Liouville equations: eigenvalue dependence on problem parameters,” Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 338(2008): 23-38.

Battle, L.E. 2005. “Solution dependence on problem parameters for initial value problems associated with the Stieltjes Sturm-Liouville equations,” Electronic Journal of Differential Equations 2005: 1-18.


Personal Interests

I play piano, clarinet, and saxaphone. I perform with the Butte Symphony and the Butte Big Band.