MATH 410
Mathematical Ecology Spring 2016 Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning; Cross-listed as BIOL214 / MATH410
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Using mathematics to study natural phenomena has become ubiquitous over the past couple of decades. In this tutorial, we will study mathematical models comprised of both deterministic and stochastic differential equations that are developed to understand ecological dynamics and, in many cases, evaluate the dynamical consequences of policy decisions. We will learn how to understand these models through both standard analytic techniques such as stability and bifurcation analysis as well as through simulation using computer programs such as MATLAB. Possible topics include fisheries management, disease ecology, control of invasive species, and predicting critical transitions in ecological systems.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3172
Requirements/Evaluation: written and programming assignments, oral presentations, and exams
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: MATH 250 or permission of instructor; Math 209 preferred
Enrollment Preference: programming experience, students with interests in the intersection of math and biology
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives; ENVS Group EB-A Electives; ENVS Methods Courses; PHLH Methods in Public Health;

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