Maria C. A. Leite

Associate Professor


Office: DAV 130K
Phone: (727) 873-4801


2005, Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Houston
2001, M.S. in Mathematics, University of Porto, Faculdade de Ciências, Porto, Portugal
1995, M.S. in Quality Compliance, Welding and Quality Institute, Porto, Portugal
1993, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal


My research areas include mathematical modeling, dynamical systems, nonlinear networks, and optimal control. A significant focus of my work is on qualitative and quantitative studies of the nonlinear dynamics of coupled networks. The objective is to understand relations between the structure and dynamics of networks and apply this knowledge to gain insights into how complex biosystems respond to fast environmental changes, ecological stresses, and other effects. Applications of my research include epidemiology, ecology, neurosciences, environmental sustainability, and, recently, molecular dynamics.