LewisFest - Math Biology Symposium in honour of Mark Lewis

We are very pleased to announce that Mark Lewis has been chosen as UVic's Faculty of Science distinguished alumnus for 2012. Mark graduated from UVic in 1987 with a joint Math/Biology degree and now holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Math Biology at University of Alberta. Mark's research focuses on spatial ecology models, and he works on diverse problems including modeling population dynamics of polar bears, ecological succession on Mt. St. Helens, and dynamics of infectious disease. For more information on Mark's research, go to his website.

In honour of Mark's award, we are organizing a Math Biology Symposium, on Wednesday February 8th, 2012



LEWIS FEST: Wednesday February 08 2012, UVic Mac D116


10.30am -12 noon Seminar by Mark Lewis (University of Alberta) followed by a discussion

Title: First passage time: Connecting random walks to functional responses

Abstract: In this talk I will outline first passage time analysis for animals undertaking complex movement patterns, and will demonstrate how first passage time can be used to derive functional responses in predator prey systems. The result is a new approach to understanding functional responses based on a random walk model. I will extend the analysis to complex heterogeneous environments to assess the effects of man-made linear landscape features on functional responses in wolves and elk. (This work is joint with Hannah McKenzie, Evelyn Merrill and Ray Spiteri)

12-noon -1pm Lunch for registered participants in Haro Room, Caddy Commons

1pm Return to Mac D116 for the afternoon events

1.10-1.20pm Musical interlude: J Ben Wilson (Math & Stats)

1.20pm-1.30pm About the Distinguished Alumn Award. Dr. Rob Lipson, Dean of Science

1.30pm How far will transgenic apple pollen travel? Rebecca Tyson (UBC Okanagan, Math & Stats)

1.50pm Extracting meaningful data from large fisheries ecology data sets: Jaimie Imrie (Interdisciplinary, CSc & Biology)

2.10pm Models for the spread of cholera: Zhishing Shuai (Math & Stats)

2.30pm Short Break

2.40pm Bayesian hierarchical analysis of Chytrid disease in British Columbia: Jean Richardson (Biology)

3.00pm The Jolly-Seber-Tag-Loss model with group heterogeneity: Laura Cowen (Math & Stats)

3.20pm How species diversity stabilizes food webs: History, new theory & data: Brad Anholt (Biology)

3.40-4.20pm Tea and closing of Lewis Fest

If you have any questions, please ask one of us.
Thank you from the Organizers:
Chris Bose, Rod Edwards, Junling Ma, Steve Perlman, Pauline van den Driessche, John Volpe

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Registered Participants

Anholt, Brad, Biology
Argyle, Angus, Math & Stats
Axelson, Jodi, Geography
Baum, Julia, Biology
Beck, Martina, Environmental Studies
Bose, Chris, Math & Stats
Burrill, Adrian, Biology
Carlson, Kim, Environmental Studies
Chu, Jackson, Biology
Corriveau, Katharine, Environmental Studies
Coulthard, Bethany, Geography
Cowen, Laura, Math & Stats
David, Gabriel, Biology
Edwards, Rod, Math & Stats
Fisher, Jason, Environmental Studies
Foxall, Eric, Math & Stats
Govindarajulu, Purnima, Provincial Government
Gray, Laura, Biology
Hall, Meghan, Math & Stats
Hamilton, Finn, Biology
Hertz, Eric, Biology
Imrie, Jaimie, Computer Science/Biology
Kobryn, Arielle, Biology
Koch, Dean, Biology & Math
LaCourse, Terri, Biology
Latham, Erin, Geography
Leeming, David, Math & Stats
Lesperance, Mary, Math & Stats
Lewis, Mark, Math & Statistical Sciences - U. Alberta
Lindquist, Jennifer, Math & Stats
Long, Jed, Geography
Ma, Junling, Math & Stats
Myles, Megan, Quest
Pawluk, Kylee, Geography
Perlman, Steve, Biology
Richardson, Jean, Biology
Shuai, Zhisheng, Math & Stats
Starzomski, Brian, Environmental Studies
Straka, Jason, Environmental Studies
Suzanne, Christina, Geography
Tyson, Rebecca, UBC Okanagan
van der Driessche, Pauline, Math & Stats
Volpe, John, Environmental Studies
von Ofenheim, Jonathan, Quest
Wilson, Ben, Math & Stats
Wilson, Ben, Math & Stats
Wiwchar, Logan, Biology
Wonham, Marjorie, Quest