Brynja Kohler Ph.D.

Mathematics and Statistics

Professor | Director of Math Ed Programs and Outreach


Brynja Kohler

Contact Information

Office Location: Animal Science (ANSC) 223
Phone: (435) 797-2826
Email: brynja.kohler@usu.edu
Additional Information:

Educational Background

PhD, Mathematics, University of Utah, 2004
T Lymphocyte Population Dynamics in Health and Autoimmunity
MS, Mathematics, New York University, 1998
A Mathematical Model of the Stretch Reflex and Clonus
BA, Mathematics, University of Chicago, 1992
Secondary Mathematics Teaching Credential, California, 1995

Biography

Dr. Kohler studied mathematics as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, and then taught high school mathematics in Los Angeles and New York City. She earned her master's degree in mathematics at the Courant Institute of New York University, and her doctorate at the University of Utah, researching and developing mathematical models of biological systems. At Utah State University, she is engaged with the mathematics education group conducting field-based courses for preservice teachers and professional development for inservice teachers. She also continues research in mathematical biology.

Teaching Interests

Applied mathematics and secondary mathematics teaching.

Research Interests

Secondary mathematics teacher preparation and professional development, undergraduate mathematics education, project-based learning, mathematical modeling, simulation, and analysis of biological systems.

Awards

Outstanding Graduate Mentor, 2020

USU College of Science

Teacher of the Year, 2019

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Lee Segel Prize , 2010

Society for Mathematical Biology

MAA Project NExT Dolciani Fellow, 2004

Mathematics Association of America


Publications | Books

    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Kohler, B.R, (2005). An age structured model of T cell proliferation and differentiation: Current Developments in Mathematical Biology and Dynamical Systems. World Scientific Publishing Co

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Curriculum

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Journal Articles

    Academic Journal

    • Snyder, K., Kohler, B.R, Gordillo, L.G, (2017). Mass action in two-sex population models: encounters, mating encounters and the associated numerical correction. Letters in Biomathematics, 4:1
    • Powell, J.A, Kohler, B.R, Haefner, J.W, Bodily, J., (2012). Carrying BioMath Education in a Leaky Bucket. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 74, 2232-2264.
    • Schneiter, K., Kohler, B.R, Watts, B., (2011). Integrating Mathematical, Technologic, and Pedagogical Knowledge for Teacher Preparation. The Mathematics Teacher, 104:8, 608–613. doi: https://doi.org/10.5951/MT.104.8.0608
    • Kohler, B.R, Atkins, B., Haefner, J.W, Powell, J.A, (2010). Leading Students to Investigate Diffusion as a Model of Brine Shrimp Movement. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 72:1, 230-257.
    • Kohler, B.R, Schneiter, K., Thatcher, K., (2010). Combining Professional Development with Resource Development: Cooperative Design of Integrated Technology Lessons in Statistics. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology
    • Munns, J., Kohler, B.R, (2009). Using Video Recordings to Collect Data about Student Thinking; Teach by Listening and Learn by Talking. Utah Mathematics Teacher, 2:1, 9-12.
    • Kohler, B.R, (2007). Mathematically modeling dynamics of T cell responses: Predictions concerning the generation of memory cells. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 245:4, 669-676.
    • Puzone, R., Kohler, B.R, Seiden, P.E, Celada, F., (2002). IMMSIM, a flexible model for in machina experiments on immune system responses. Future Generation Computer Systems, 18, 961-972.
    • Kohler, B.R, Puzone, R., Seiden, P., Celada, F., (2001). A systematic approach to vaccine complexity using an automaton model of the cellular and humoral immune system. Vaccine, 19, 862-876.

    Professional Journal

    • Kohler, B.R, Alibegovic, E., (2015). Assessing for Learning. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 20:7, 424-433.

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    , Spring 2021
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Spring 2021
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Spring 2021
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Spring 2021
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Spring 2021
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Spring 2021
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Spring 2021
    MATH 4500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Spring 2021
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Spring 2021
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Spring 2021
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Fall 2020
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Fall 2020
    MATH 6810 - Topics in Mathematics (Topic), Summer 2020
    MATH 4230, 6910 - Applied Mathematics in Biology, Spring 2020
    MATH 4500, 6500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Spring 2020
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Spring 2020
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Spring 2020
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Spring 2020
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Fall 2019
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Fall 2019
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2019
    MATH 4500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Spring 2019
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Spring 2019
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Spring 2019
    MATH 2010 - Algebraic Thinking and Number Sense for Elementary Education School Teachers, Fall 2018
    MATH 2010 - Algebraic Thinking and Number Sense for Elementary Education School Teachers, Fall 2018
    MATH 3300, 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Fall 2018
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2018
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2018
    MATH 4500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Spring 2018
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Spring 2018
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Spring 2018
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Spring 2018
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Spring 2018
    MATH 5820 - Topics in Mathematics, Spring 2018
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Fall 2017
    MATH 4500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Fall 2017
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Fall 2017
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Summer 2017
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Spring 2017
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2017
    MATH 5460 - Introduction to the Theory and Application of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Spring 2017
    MATH 6810 - Topics in Mathematics (Topic), Spring 2017
    MATH 4200 - Foundations of Analysis, Fall 2016
    MATH 4500, 6500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Fall 2016
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Fall 2016
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Summer 2016
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2016
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2016
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2016
    MATH 4500, 6500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Spring 2016
    MATH 6300 - Practicum in Mathematics/Statistics Instruction for Graduates Pursuing Secondary Licensure, Spring 2016
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Spring 2016
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Spring 2016
    MATH 1220 - Calculus II, Fall 2015
    MATH 4500, 6500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Fall 2015
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Fall 2015
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Fall 2015
    MATH 6810 - Topics in Mathematics (Topic), Summer 2015
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2015
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2015
    MATH 4200 - Foundations of Analysis, Spring 2015
    MATH 2210 - Multivariable Calculus, Spring 2015
    MATH 4500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Fall 2014
    MATH 2210 - Multivariable Calculus, Fall 2014
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Fall 2014
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Fall 2014
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Fall 2013
    MATH 6910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Summer 2013
    MATH 4910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2013
    MATH 5910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2013
    MATH 4500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Spring 2013
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Spring 2013
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Spring 2013
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Spring 2013
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Spring 2013
    MATH 6820 - Topics in Mathematics (Topic), Spring 2013
    MATH 4200 - Foundations of Analysis, Fall 2012
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Fall 2012
    MATH 5710 - Introduction to Probability, Summer 2012
    MATH 4910,5810 - Directed Reading and Conference, Spring 2012
    MATH 4500,6500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Spring 2012
    STAT 4500 - Methods of Teaching Statistics in Secondary and Middle School, Spring 2012
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Spring 2012
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Spring 2012
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Spring 2012
    MATH 4500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Fall 2011
    STAT 4500 - Methods of Teaching Statistics in Secondary and Middle School, Fall 2011
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Fall 2011
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Fall 2011
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Fall 2011
    MATH 4910 - Directed Reading and Conference, Summer 2011
    MATH 2210 - MULTIVARI CALCULUS (QI), Spring 2011
    MATH 4910 - ST: Linear Alg & Diff Equation, Spring 2011
    MATH 4910 - ST: Linear Alg & Diff Equation, Spring 2011
    MATH 4910 - ST: Linear Alg & Diff Equation, Spring 2011
    MATH 4910 - ST: Linear Alg & Diff Equation, Spring 2011
    MATH 4910 - ST: Linear Alg & Diff Equation, Spring 2011
    MATH 4910 - ST: Linear Alg & Diff Equation, Spring 2011
    MATH 5810 - ST:JOURNAL CLUB, Spring 2011
    MATH 4500 - Methods of Secondary School Mathematics Teaching, Fall 2010
    STAT 4500 - Methods of Teaching Statistics in Secondary and Middle School, Fall 2010
    MATH 3300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level I, Fall 2010
    MATH 4300 - School Laboratory for Mathematics Teachers Level II, Fall 2010
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Fall 2010
    MATH 5810 - Topics in Mathematics, Fall 2010

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Zachary Coverstone, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2022
    Garron Brian, Mathematics & Statistics, September 2021
    Sandra Miles, Mathematics & Statistics, March 2021
    Zachary Coverstone, Mathematics & Statistics, January 2021 - May 2022
    Jacy Beck, Mathematics & Statistics, January 2019 - May 2022
    Shaun Bartschi, Mathematics & Statistics, January 2020 - May 2021
    Will Tidwell, Mathematics & Statistics, April 2018 - May 2021
    Taylor Boyce, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2019 - December 2020
    Patrick Seegmiller, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2016 - May 2020
    Kami Dupree, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2019 - March 2020
    Monica Murray, Mathematics & Statistics, January 2019 - May 2019
    Jeff Christensen, Mathematics & Statistics, December 2017 - December 2018
    Irvin Goutcher, Mathematics & Statistics, January 2016 - August 2018
    Loren Salvesen, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2015 - May 2018
    Jeremy Lewis, Mathematics & Statistics, June 2017 - May 2018
    Chelsea Parrish, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2015 - August 2017
    Cherise King, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2015 - August 2017
    Kyle Hodson, Mathematics & Statistics, April 2016 - May 2017
    Greg Vogel, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2010 - October 2016
    Jameson Hardy, Mathematics & Statistics, September 2015 - July 2016
    David Cowan, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2014 - January 2016
    Helene Poppleton, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2014 - August 2015
    Brandee Merkeley, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2013 - August 2015
    Danika Foley, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2013 - August 2015
    Debra Alcox, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2012 - August 2014
    Eric Thorson, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2012 - August 2014
    Kimberly Ammons, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2013 - July 2014
    Ashley Salisbury, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2012 - May 2014
    Shawn Fowers, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2011 - May 2013
    Abibat Lasisi, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2010 - August 2012
    Janice Bodily, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2009 - August 2012
    Lynette Checketts, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2009 - August 2012
    Funmilayo Obielodan, Mathematics & Statistics, May 2009 - March 2011
    Jessica Munns, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2008 - May 2010
    Carrie Bala, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2007 - May 2010
    Rebecca Atkins, Mathematics & Statistics, August 2007 - May 2009