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Research Interests

The focus is on several broad scientific interests ranging from coupled oscillators to mathematical geoscience to the physics of social systems. I try to approach these wide-ranging problems by creating greatly simplified mathematical models where rigorous analysis is possible, hopefully capturing some essential properties of the system. The work in different fields is generally connected by similar mathematical techniques drawn from the study of nonlinear dynamics.

Training Experience

2006 - 2009Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mathematical Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences


  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Pattern formation
  • Mathematical models of social systems
  • Coupled oscillators
  • Physics of social systems
  • Dynamics on networks
  • Chimera states
  • Synchronization
  • Complex systems
  • Mathematical geoscience

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Research Output 2003 2017

  • 1688 Citations
  • 25 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Other contribution

Hybrid Statistical and Mechanistic Mathematical Model Guides Mobile Health Intervention for Chronic Pain

Clifton, S. M., Kang, C., Li, J. J., Long, Q., Shah, N. & Abrams, D. M. Jul 1 2017 In : Journal of Computational Biology. 24, 7, p. 675-688 14 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Mathematical Model
Chronic Pain
14 Citations

Basins of attraction for chimera states

Martens, E. A., Panaggio, M. J. & Abrams, D. M. Feb 18 2016 In : New Journal of Physics. 18, 2, 022002

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

broken symmetry
16 Citations

Chimera states in networks of phase oscillators: The case of two small populations

Panaggio, M. J., Abrams, D. M., Ashwin, P. & Laing, C. R. Jan 28 2016 In : Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. 93, 1, 012218

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Continuum Limit
Coupled Oscillators
Periodic Orbits

Handicap principle implies emergence of dimorphic ornaments

Clifton, S. M., Braun, R. I. & Abrams, D. M. Nov 30 2016 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 283, 1843, 20161970

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Theoretical Models
handicap principle
5 Citations

Introduction to focus issue: Patterns of network synchronization

Abrams, D. M., Pecora, L. M. & Motter, A. E. Sep 1 2016 In : Chaos. 26, 9, 094601

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Coupled System