Donna Calhoun
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics (MG241A)
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1555
208 426-3386 (tel) 208 426-1356 (fax)
e-mail : donnacalhoun[at]

Research interests

My research areas of interest include

  • Numerical algorithm development for finite volume methods on Cartesian, adaptive meshes
  • Numerical methods for solving partial differential equations on non-Euclidean surfaces (e.g. sphere).
  • High performance computing, including massive parallel computing using MPI, and fine grain parallelism on GPUs
  • Applications in natural hazards modeling, including depth-averaged modeling for tsunamis and overland flooding, transport models for volcanic ash transport and compressible flows for combustion, including wildfire modeling.
  • Scientific software development. I am the main developer of ForestClaw, a parallel, adaptive library for finite volume methods on Cartesian grids


ForestClaw software

Research website

Teaching - Current semester

Fall 2019

Teaching - Previous Semesters

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

  • On sabbatical

Spring, 2018

Fall, 2017

Spring, 2017

Fall, 2016

Spring, 2016

Fall, 2015

Spring, 2015

Fall, 2014

Spring, 2014

Fall, 2013

Spring, 2013

Fall, 2012

Spring, 2012

Fall, 2011

Spring, 2011


My research interests are in applied numerical analysis and computational mathematics. In particular, I am interested in developing finite volume methods for hyperbolic, parabolic and elliptic PDEs on adaptive, logically Cartesian grids.

Application areas in which I have been involved include modeling of combustion processes, pattern formation in biology, crystal growth, and modeling of atmospheric flows on the sphere.

[Last Updated: Jan 11, 2011]