Presented under the auspices of the DIMACS/MBI US-African BioMathematics Initiative.
This Workshop is jointly sponsored by:
Sunday, July 1, 2012 Arrival of guests and local program Monday, July 2, 2012 (Pre- Conference) 8:30 WELCOME & OPENING 8:45 - 9:15 Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases: In-host dynamics Farai Chirove, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg Campus 9:30 - 10:00 Title TBA Bruce Page, School of Life Sciences, UKZN Kevin Duffy, Centre for Systems Research, DUT 10:15 - 10:45 Tea 10:45 - 11:15 HIV Models: Toys or Tools Wayne Getz, UC Berkeley 11:30 - 12:00 Biostatistics and Biometry Thomas Achia, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, UKZN 12:15 - 2:00 Lunch 2:00 - 2:30 Overview of research activities and interests Syd Ramdhani, School of Life Sciences (Biological and Conservation Sciences), Westville Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal 2:30 - 3:00 Ecological assembly rules in bat assemblages patterns, processes and prospects Corrie Schoeman, School of life Sciences, University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban 3:00 - 3:30 TBA Bill Bishai 3:30 - 4:00 Tea 4:00 - 4:30 Mathematical modeling of the impact of growth inhibitory factors on the spatiotemporal growth of solid tumour in an avascular stage Hermaine Mambili, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, UKZN 4:45 - 5:15 TBA Bala Pillay Tuesday, July 3, 2012 8:30 - 10:00 Agent based modeling segment Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University 10:00 - 10:30 Tea 10:30 - 11:30 Simulating savanna ecosystems under differing environmental and management scenarios: exploring potential ecosystem management outcomes with a global uncertainty and sensitivity analysis erspective Gregory Kiker, University of Florida, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 11:30 - 12:30 Assessment of chimpanzee (pan troglodytes) population and habitat in Kwitanga forest, western Tanzania Sood Ndimuligo 12:15 - 2:00 Lunch 2:00 - 3:00 Computational Population Biology: Linking the inner and outer worlds of organisms Wayne Getz, UC Berkeley 3:00 - 3:30 Tea 3:30 - 4:15 Understanding the origins and basis of functional habitat heterogeneity in grazing ecosystems Richard Fynn, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana 4:15 - 5:00 Living Local in a Larger Landscape: Population, Environment and Climate in the Albertine Rift Sadie Ryan, SUNY Syracuse 5:00 - 5:30 TBA 5:30 onwards Social Gathering Wednesday, July 4, 2012 8:30 - 10:00 Arc GIS Segment Sadie Ryan, SUNY Syracuse 10:00 - 10:30 Tea 10:30 - 11:30 Spatiotemporal dynamics of fuelwood resources in a rural savanna rangeland Barend Erasmus 11:30 - 12:30 Improving projections through combinations of models, experiments and observations of dynamic ecosystem change Guy Midgely 12:15 - 2:00 Lunch 2:00 Free afternoon (organized outing to aquarium) Thursday, July 5, 2012 8:30 - 10:00 Animal Movement Segment Andy Lyons, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management University of California, Berkeley 10:00 - 10:30 Tea 10:30 - 11:30 Hidden Markov models: uncovering animal behaviour patterns Victoria Goodall, School of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of the Witwatersrand, 11:30 - 12:30 Revisiting the ecological niche: biodiversity conservation challenges under a changing climate in African savannas Joe Chirima, School of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of the Witwatersrand, 12:15 - 2:00 Lunch 2:00 - 2:30 Developing remote sensing methodology to uncover key landscape parametersin wildlife movement decision making Miriam Tsalyuk, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley 2:30 - 3:00 Spatial Ecology of Brown Hyenas and Spotted Hyenas in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa Nancy Barker 3:00 - 3:30 Tea 3:30 - 4:00 Statistical methods for predicting invasive species distributions at the landscape level Michael Hyman and Timothy Fullman 4:00 - 4:45 TBA Edward Mwavu 4:45 - 5:30 UAV Demonstration Friday, July 6, 2012 8:30 - 10:00 Space Time Analysis Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University 10:00 - 10:30 Tea 10:30 - 11:30 Meaningless Statements in Landscape Ecology and Environmental Sustainability Fred Roberts, DIMACS, Rutgers University 11:30 - 12:00 Land-Use Dynamics as Drivers of Degenerating Community-BasedForest Management Systems in the Kenyan Coast Immaculate Mungai 12:00 - 12:30 Understanding the landscape requirements for pollination services derived from managed honeybees Annalie Melin, Applied Biodiversity Research Division, South African National Biodiversity Institute 12:30 - 2:00 Lunch 2:00 - 2:45 Using simulated data to quantify dynamic interactions between pairs of individuals Jennifer Miller, The University of Texas at Austin 3:00 - 3:30 Tea 3:30 - 5:30 2 minute poster previews and poster session 6:30 onwards Banquet Saurday, July 7, 2012 8:30 - 10:00 Systems Thinking Segment Sadie Ryan, SUNY Syracuse 10:00 - 10:30 Tea 10:30 - 11:00 Creating land cover maps using a single image or multiple images: which are more accurate? Meghan MacLean, PhD Candidate, University of New Hampshire 11:00 - 11:30 A small mammal community in a changing landscape, southeastern Virginia, 2005 2011 Jana Eggleston, Old Dominion University 11:30 - 12:00 Assessment of Tree species in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria Adesoji Adeyami, Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria 12:45 - 2:00 Lunch and departure to Game Reserve