Scientific Workshop for Graduate Students in Mathematical Biology (Postponed) (Cancelled) (20w2265)


(University of British Columbia Okanagan)

Daniel Coombs (University of British Columbia)

Mark Lewis (University of Victoria)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Scientific Workshop for Graduate Students in Mathematical Biology" workshop in Banff from April 3, 2020 to April 5, 2020.

The interaction between evolution and population dynamics is a key concern under the pressures of climate change. There is already evidence that some species are evolving adaptations such as earlier emergence, and dispersal into new habitats following range shifts. Other species, however, seem much less able to adapt. For conservation purposes, it is critically imprtant that we understand how the evolutionary pressures exerted by climate change and the mathematical dynamics of interacting populations lead to survival or extinction of species. The mathematical study of these processes, eco-evolutionary dynamics, is an area of active research, and a talented researcher from the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in France will be coming to present his work in this area, as well as an extended lecture on the mathematical techniques used in the study of eco-evolutionary models. The workshop is aimed chiefly at graduate students in mathematical biology, who will gain skills in eco-evolutionary dynamics, and a wider network of peers and mentors through the research discussions at the workshop. In addition, a policy expert will hold give an interactive presentation showing the process whereby mathematical work can be included into policy, thus empowering students to make even greater contributions to society through their research.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).