Jonathan Christopher Mattingly

Research Areas and Keywords


Stochastic Analysis, Malliavin Calculus, Ergodic Theory

Biological Modeling

Stochastic and Random PDEs, Stochastic Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Ecology and Evolution, Metabolic and Cellular modeling, Out of equilibrium statistical mechanics

Computational Mathematics

Markov Chain Mixing, Stochastic Numerical Methods, High Dimensional Random Algorithms

PDE & Dynamical Systems

Stochastic and Random PDEs, Stochastic Dynamical Systems, Malliavin Calculus, Fluid Mechanics, Approximating invariant measures

Physical Modeling

Stochastic and Random PDEs, Stochastic Dynamical Systems, Fluid Mechanics


Stochastic and Random PDEs, Stochastic Dynamical Systems, Stochastic Analysis, Malliavin Calculus, Markov Chain Mixing, Ergodic Theory, High Dimensional Random Algorithms, Probability on stratified spaces, Out of equilibrium statistical mechanics, Approximating invariant measures

Jonathan Christopher  Mattingly grew up in Charlotte, NC where he attended Irwin Ave elementary and Charlotte Country Day.  He graduated from the NC School of Science and Mathematics and received a BS is Applied Mathematics with a concentration in physics from Yale University. After two years abroad with a year spent at ENS Lyon studying nonlinear and statistical physics on a Rotary Fellowship, he returned to the US to attend Princeton University where he obtained a PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics in 1998. After 4 years as a Szego assistant professor at Stanford University and a year as a member of the IAS in Princeton, he moved to Duke in 2003. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics and of Statistical Science.

His expertise is in the longtime behavior of stochastic system including randomly forced fluid dynamics, turbulence, stochastic algorithms used in molecular dynamics and Bayesian sampling, and stochasticity in biochemical networks.

He is the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship and a PECASE CAREER award.  He is also a fellow of the IMS and the AMS.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1998

  • M.A., Princeton University 1996

  • B.S., Yale University 1992

Selected Grants

HDR TRIPODS: Innovations in Data Science: Integrating Stochastic Modeling, Data Representation, and Algorithms awarded by National Science Foundation (Senior Investigator). 2019 to 2022

BIGDATA:F: Scalable Bayes uncertainty quantification with guarantees awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2020

Collaborative research: Propagation of dissipation: Stochastic stabilization in finite and infinite dimensions awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

Quantifying Gerrymandering in the North Carolina Legislature awarded by Imagine North Carolina First (Principal Investigator). 2019

EMSW21-RTG: Enhanced Training and Recruitment in Mathematical Biology awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2017

Multiscale Analysis of Dynamic Graphs awarded by Office of Naval Research (Co-Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2016

FRG: Collaborative Proposal: Stochastics and Dynamics: Asymptotic Problems awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2013

CAREER: Stochastic Analysis and Numerics in Partial Differential Equations and Extended Dynamical Systems awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2011


Carter, D., et al. “Optimal Legislative County Clustering in North Carolina.” Statistics and Public Policy, vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 19–29. Scopus, doi:10.1080/2330443X.2020.1748552. Full Text Open Access Copy

Lu, Y., and J. C. Mattingly. “Geometric ergodicity of Langevin dynamics with Coulomb interactions.” Nonlinearity, vol. 33, no. 2, Jan. 2020, pp. 675–99. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1361-6544/ab514a. Full Text Open Access Copy

Herzog, David P., and Jonathan C. Mattingly. “Ergodicity and Lyapunov Functions for Langevin Dynamics with Singular Potentials.” Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol. 72, no. 10, WILEY, Oct. 2019, pp. 2231–55. Wos, doi:10.1002/cpa.21862. Full Text Open Access Copy

Chin, Andrew, et al. “The Signature of Gerrymandering in Rucho v. Common Cause.” South Carolina Law Review, vol. 70, 2019. Open Access Copy

Glatt-Holtz, N., et al. “On Unique Ergodicity in Nonlinear Stochastic Partial Differential Equations.” Journal of Statistical Physics, vol. 166, no. 3–4, Feb. 2017, pp. 618–49. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10955-016-1605-x. Full Text Open Access Copy

Cooke, B., et al. “Geometric ergodicity of two-dimensional hamiltonian systems with a Lennard-Jones-like repulsive potential.” Communications in Mathematical Sciences, vol. 15, no. 7, Jan. 2017, pp. 1987–2025. Scopus, doi:10.4310/CMS.2017.v15.n7.a10. Full Text Open Access Copy


Mattingly, Jonathan C., and Toufic M. Suidan. Transition measures for the stochastic Burgers equation. American Mathematical Society, 2008, pp. 409–18. Crossref, doi:10.1090/conm/458/08950. Full Text

Holmes, P. J., et al. Low-Dimensional Models of Turbulence. Springer Netherlands, 2001, pp. 177–215. Crossref, doi:10.1007/978-94-010-0732-0_7. Full Text

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