Math biology symposium in honour of Mark Lewis

We are very pleased to announce that Mark Lewis has been chosen as UVic's Faculty of Science distinguished alumnus for 2012. Mark graduated from UVic in 1987 with a joint Math/Biology degree and now holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Math Biology at University of Alberta. Mark's research focuses on spatial ecology models, and he works on diverse problems including modeling population dynamics of polar bears, ecological succession on Mt. St. Helens, and dynamics of infectious disease. For more information on Mark's research, go to his website.

In honour of Mark's award, we are organizing a Math Biology Symposium, on Wednesday February 8th, 2012 in MacLaurin D116. Mark will deliver a lecture, followed by lunch and a number of short talks by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.

LEWIS FEST:   Wednesday February 08 2012, UVic Mac D116


10.30am -12 noon   Seminar by Mark Lewis (University of Alberta) followed by a discussion

Title: First passage time: Connecting random walks to functional responses

Abstract: In this talk I will outline first passage time analysis for animals undertaking complex movement patterns, and will demonstrate how first passage time can be used to derive functional responses in predator prey systems. The result is a new approach to understanding functional responses based on a random walk model. I will extend the analysis to complex heterogeneous environments to assess the effects of man-made linear landscape features on functional responses in wolves and elk. (This work is joint with Hannah McKenzie, Evelyn Merrill and Ray Spiteri)

12-noon -1pm Lunch for registered participants in Haro Room, Caddy Commons

1pm Return to Mac D116 for the afternoon events

1.10-1.20pm  Musical interlude: J Ben Wilson (Math & Stats)

1.20pm-1.30pm Remarks by the Dean of Science

1.30pm  How far will transgenic apple pollen travel?  Rebecca Tyson (UBC Okanagan, Math & Stats)

1.50pm Extracting meaningful data from large fisheries ecology data sets: Jaimie Imrie (Interdisciplinary, CSc & Biology)

2.10pm  Models for the spread of cholera: Zhishing Shuai (Math & Stats)

2.30pm Short Break

2.40pm Bayesian hierarchical analysis of Chytrid disease in British Columbia: Jean Richardson (Biology)

3.00pm The Jolly-Seber-Tag-Loss model with group heterogeneity: Laura Cowen (Math & Stats)

3.20pm How species diversity stabilizes food webs: History, new theory & data: Brad  Anholt (Biology)

3.40-4.20pm Tea and closing of Lewis Fest

If you have any questions, please ask one of us.
Thank you from the Organizers:
Chris Bose, Rod Edwards, Junling Ma, Steve Perlman, Pauline van den Driessche, John Volpe

Photos and list of participants