Seminar Series

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 3:30 PM

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Simon A. Levin, Princeton University

Mathematical ecology: A century of progress, and challenges for the next century                                        

The subject of mathematical ecology is one of the oldest and most exciting in mathematical biology, and has helped in the management of natural systems and infectious diseases.  Though many problems remain in those areas, we face new challenges today in finding ways to cooperate in managing our Global Commons.  From behavioral and evolutionary perspectives, our societies display conflict of purpose or fitness across levels, leading to game-theoretic problems in understanding how cooperation emerges in Nature, and how it might be realized in dealing with problems of the Global Commons. This lecture will attempt to weave these topics together, tracing the evolution from earlier work to challenges for the future.

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