Friday, 16 December 2016

BioMaths Colloquium - 16/12/2016

BioMaths Colloquium Series - 2016/17

16 December 2016 - 3pm Maths Seminar Room

(room 224 Talbot Building 2nd floor)

Modelling evolution in structured populations involving multiplayer interactions

Professor Mark Broom

(Department of Mathematics,City University of London, UK

from: Broom et al. 2015

This week we welcome Prof Mark Broom from the Department of Mathematics at City University London. Mark is interested in Mathematical Biology, especially in Evolutionary Game Theory. His research comprises theoretical work on games, such as the development of multiplayer game theory, as well as developing methods to model specific animal behaviours, for example prey signalling behaviour or kleptoparasistsm. In addition to journal papers and book chapters, mark recently (2013) published a book game-theoretical models in Biology.

Within the last ten years, models of evolution have begun to incorporate structured populations, including spatial structure, through the modelling of evolutionary processes on graphs (evolutionary graph theory). One limitation of this otherwise quite general framework is that interactions are restricted to pairwise ones, through the edges connecting pairs of individuals. Yet many animal interactions can involve many individuals, and theoretical models also describe such multi-player interactions. 

We shall discuss a more general modelling framework of interactions of structured populations, including the example of competition between territorial animals. Depending upon the behaviour concerned, we can embed the results of different evolutionary games within our structure, as occurs for pairwise games such as the Prisoner's Dilemma or the Hawk-Dove game on graphs. Finally we consider some example population structures and evolutionary dynamics.

The discussions will continue over biscuits and tea/coffee after the seminar. 
Hope to see many of you!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Biosciences Seminar Speaker 08 December 2016

Biosciences Seminar Series - Autumn 2016
08 December 2016 - 2pm - Wallace Lecture Theatre (room 113)

note change of time and venue!

Securing the global aquatic food supply - a shared responsibility between producer and consumer nations

Dr Grant D Stentiford

Our speaker of this week, Dr Grant Stentiford Director of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases and Principal Scientific Officer and Team Leader of the Pathology and Molecular Systematics Team at Cefas Weymouth LaboratoryAfter a PhD in invertebrate pathology from the University of Glasgow, Grant has extensively worked on devising new and improved methods for the classification and early detection of disease in experimental, farmed and wild aquatic animals, especially of novel and emerging pathogens. For his work on aquatic animal pathology Grant combines clinical and molecular, to provide relevant results to aid national and regional responses to disease outbreaks in wild and farmed aquatic animals. Given his work, in 2008 the EC requested Grant to establish the first European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases (EURL) - an organisation that now coordinates 27 Member State National Reference Laboratories across the EU and has become a leader in crustacean pathogen diagnostics and is a globally recognised expert centre able to respond to disease outbreaks in farmed and wild animals.


Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming seminars, see here, and here.