Core Faculty

Mary Silber

Mary Silber

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

2145 Sheridan Road


Evanston, IL 60208-3109

m-silber( at )


Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA

B.S. Physics, California State University, Sonoma, CA

Research Interests

Dynamical systems and their applications; group theoretic methods in bifurcation theory; symmetry-breaking bifurcations and pattern-forming instabilities

Selected Publications

    "Bifurcations leading to summer Arctic Sea ice loss", D.S. Abbot, M. Silber and R.T. Pierrehumbert, Journal of Geophysical Research 116 (2011).

    "Time-delayed feedback control of unstable periodic orbits near a subcritical Hopf bifurcation", G. Brown, C.M. Postlethwaite and M.Silber, Physica D 240 (2011).

     "A mechanism for switching near a heteroclinic network", V. Kirk, E. Lane, C.M. Postlethwaite, A.M. Rucklidge, and M. Silber, Dynamical Systems: An International Journal 25  (2010).

    "The origins of time-delay in template biopolymerization processes", L.Mier-y-Teran-Romero, M.Silber and V. Hatzimanikatis, PLoS Computational Biology 6 (2010).

    "Optimal movement in the prey strikes of weakly electric fish: A case study of the interplay of body plan and movement capability", C.M. Postlethwaite, T.M. Psemeneki, J. Selimkhanov, M. Silber, and M.A. MacIver, Journal of the Royal Society Interface 6,  (2009).

     "Design of parametrically forced patterns and quasipatterns", A.M.~Rucklidge and M.~Silber, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems 8 (2009).

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