Population dynamics of interacting species
Tuesday, June 15 at 11:30am (PDT)Tuesday, June 15 at 07:30pm (BST)Wednesday, June 16 03:30am (KST)
Rebecca Tyson (University of British Columbia, Canada), Maria Martignoni (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada), Frithjof Lutscher (University of Ottawa, Canada)
A clear understanding of the dynamics of interacting species is of crucial importance as researchers try to predict the effects of invasive species and climate change on population persistence, diversity, and spread. Without such understanding, it is easy for managers to implement actions that may seem appropriate based on past knowledge, but that turn out to be potentially disastrous given new, emerging understanding of interacting populations. For example, the use of mycorrhizae as a biofertilizer is seen to be of high benefit to growers, but field studies have generated conflicting results. Recent mathematical work shows that the fungi can ultimately be detrimental or beneficial, depending on the nature of the nonlinear interactions between plant and fungi. This example is an illustration of the importance of mathematical work on the nonlinear interactions between species in order to untangle the population dynamics that result. This mini-symposium will gather together talks covering a wide range of interacting species models, creating an environment where there is maximum likelihood that ideas from one speaker will be entirely novel to another speaker, and generate new ideas for future research and collaboration.