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 March 2018. (Click here)


Average Behavior of Minimal Free Resolutions of Monomial Ideals. With Jesús De Loera, Serkan Hosten and Robert Krone. Feb 2018.

Random Monomial Ideals. With Jesús De Loera, Sonja Petrovic, Despina Stasi and Dane Wilburne. Jan 2017.


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.

Quiz: sociology paper or math paper?

Inside a human simplex.

12,183 feet above sea level.

My first published crossword puzzles!

Here is a simple website that I coded from scratch.

More to come...

Website last updated 3.5.2018