Servatius is originally from Graz in Austria.
As a student at an all-girl gymnasium in Graz that specialized in language studies rather than mathematics, her interest in mathematics was sparked by her participation in a national mathematical olympiad,
and she went on to earn master's degrees in mathematics and physics at the University of Graz.
While still in Austria, Servatius began working on combinatorial group theory, and her first publication (appearing while she was a graduate student) is in that subject.[Z]
She switched to the theory of structural rigidity for her doctoral research,
and later became the author (with Jack Graver and Herman Servatius) of the book Combinatorial Rigidity (1993).[G]
Another well-cited paper of hers in this area characterizes the planarLaman graphs, the minimally rigid graphs that can be embedded without crossings in the plane, as the graphs of pseudotriangulations, partitions of a plane region into subregions with three convex corners studied in computational geometry.[H]
Bonin, Joseph E.; Oxley, James G.; Servatius, Brigitte, eds. (1996), Matroid Theory: Proceedings of the AMS-IMS-SIAM Joint Summer Research Conference held at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, July 2–6, 1995, Contemporary Mathematics, 197, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, doi:10.1090/conm/197, ISBN0-8218-0508-8, MR1411689