I am a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at the University of California, Davis, studying with Jesús De Loera. My research interests include computational commutative algebra, combinatorics, and algebraic geometry.


Office. You can find me most days in Room 2141 of the Mathematical Sciences Building (MSB) at UC Davis.

Email. lsilver + obvious punctuation + math + o.p. + ucdavis + o.p. + edu

Social Media. I try to steer clear. I do maintain a Twitter bot that retweets anything containing the word "Kafkaesque".


Last updated Nov 2017. (Click here)


A poster about a recent paper I worked on, "Random Monomial Ideals." The arXiv preprint is available here.

Slides for a talk about the probabilistic method in combinatorics.

Slides on data clustering and k-means.

Slides for a talk about the equivalence of linear programming to a certain kind of 2-player game.

TikZ code for automatically drawing Erdos-Renyi random graphs.

I help maintain the website of the UC Davis chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics.


Two years ago, I went on a solo bike tour of Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. You can see some pictures and read some words on my travel blog here.

Inside a human simplex.

12,183 feet above sea level.

My first published crossword puzzle!

Quiz: sociology paper or math paper?

Here is a simple website that I coded from scratch.

More to come...

Website last updated 11.30.2017