DIMACS/MBI US - African BioMathematics Initiative: Advanced Study Institute on Conservation Biology
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Section I: Workshop and ASI on Conservation Biology
Section III: The Workshop
Applications Requested from Interested Graduate Students
The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer
Science (DIMACS) and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute
(MBI) are holding a two week Advanced
that will bring together US and African graduate students and introduce
theoretical concepts in population demography and genetics; stochastic
modeling of small populations, focusing on invasion and extinction
using ideas from evolutionarily stable strategy theory and risk
optimization and MCD methods of analysis;
economic modeling; models of plant and animal disease spread and the
impact of climate change on disease; and case studies from the African
environment, including both terrestrial and marine examples. The
follow the ASI and serve as a capstone for participating students. The
workshop will also enable
institute students to interact and establish collaborations with
The first week will provide a basic introduction to mathematical modeling in conservation biology at a fast pace. This introductory week is designed to allow students who have never taken a course in the mathematics of conservation biology to acquire the necessary preparatory background they need for the second week. The second week covers more advanced material. Students with prior exposure to conservation biology are encouraged to apply only for that second week. Various modeling paradigms will be discussed, as well as introductory lectures on related topics. There will be a number of hands-on and computer exercises together with group projects to reinforce and extend the various concepts covered. Participants are expected to either continue the research project they begin during the institute or begin work on a new project when they return to their home institution, under the supervision of a mentor.
The inter-disciplinary workshop will bring together mathematicians, ecologists, environmentalists, biologists, operations researchers, and others to focus on research challenges in this rapidly-developing field.
The main instructors and special lecturers will be announced in the coming months.
A student who does not require funding or only partial funding should so indicate on their application. They will be accepted if there is space and they are qualified.
The institute is open to graduate students from all areas of
science (genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology/chemistry,
etc.) and mathematics. Students will be selected based on their
applications, letter of recommendation, and letter of commitment from
a mentor to support the continuation of the research project begun
during the institute or a new project begun afterward. (The mentor and
recommender can be the same.) Students selected for the institute
will be from the
About the Workshop:
workshop will follow the Advanced Study Institute.
ASI students will be prepared to participate. Invited speakers from
Additional Information: See the institute website http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/ASIConsBio/index.html to:
Send additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone at (732) 445-5930.
This is part of the DIMACS/MBI US - African BioMathematics Initiative Project.