Online Colloquium: Mark Lewis - Using Mathematics to Understand Animal Movement Patterns

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December 12, 2018
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Add to Calendar 2018-12-12 12:00:00 2018-12-12 13:00:00 Online Colloquium: Mark Lewis - Using Mathematics to Understand Animal Movement Patterns

Mark Lewis

Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology, University of Alberta


Animal movement patterns have long been the subject of mathematical and ecological interest. How do individual behavioral decision rules translate into macroscale patterns of space use such as foraging, patrolling or territories? I will show how mechanistic models, using random walks, stochastic processes, first passage time analysis and partial differential equations can be used to connect underlying processes to the observed patterns. Here interactions are complex and may involve memory of past events, as well as a cognitive map. I will make applications to a spectrum of different emerging patterns, ranging from territories in Amazonian birds to patrolling in wolves.

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Mark Lewis

Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology, University of Alberta


Animal movement patterns have long been the subject of mathematical and ecological interest. How do individual behavioral decision rules translate into macroscale patterns of space use such as foraging, patrolling or territories? I will show how mechanistic models, using random walks, stochastic processes, first passage time analysis and partial differential equations can be used to connect underlying processes to the observed patterns. Here interactions are complex and may involve memory of past events, as well as a cognitive map. I will make applications to a spectrum of different emerging patterns, ranging from territories in Amazonian birds to patrolling in wolves.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to participate.

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