DIMACS/BIOMAPS Seminar Series on Quantitative Biology and Epidemiology

Title: Spatial complexity in ecology and evolution

Speaker: Ulf Dieckmann, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Laxenburg, Austria

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2003, 1:00 pm

Location: Hill Center, Room 260, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ

Please note special day for this seminar is Tuesday.


The field of spatial ecology has expanded dramatically over the past few years. This talk surveys many of the intriguing phenomena arising from spatial structure in ecological and evolutionary models. While traditional ecological theory sadly fails to account for such phenomena, complex simulation studies offer but limited insight into the inner workings of spatially structured ecological interactions. The talk will conclude with an overview of some novel methods for simplifying spatial complexity that offer a promising middle ground between spatially ignorant and spatially explicit approaches.

Seminar sponsored by DIMACS/BIOMAPS Seminar Series on Quantitative Biology and Epidemiology.