MAGPIE Tidings Seminar Series

The MAGPIE Tidings series hosts invited talks by visitors working in evolution, infectious disease and more, usually with mathematical and statistical methods. Why Tidings? “Tidings” means greetings, which is appropriate for an interdisciplinary seminar series that brings us together and links different fields of inquiry. “Tidings” is also the collective noun for magpies!


Molecular epidemiology beyond the consensus sequence
Speaker: Matthew Hall
Oxford University Big Data Institute
June 25, 2024, 11 am
ASB 10900 (Big Data Hub – Presentation Studio)


Genomic epidemiology with whole-genome data for tuberculosis  in Taiwan
Speaker: Jenny Wu
National Taiwan University
March 26, 2024, 3:30 pm 
MAGPIE Collaboration Space 

Plasmids pull a 'fast one' on their hosts: Potential for the evolution of increased rates of horizontal transfer under antibiotic selection
Speaker: Ben Kerr
University of Washington
March 11, 2024, 11 am
ASB 10900 (Big Data Hub – Presentation Studio).

Canine Rabies, R0 and generation times!
Speaker: Michael Li
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada
March 5, 2024
MAGPIE Collaboration Space

Mathematical models for the neutral genetics of populations under climate change
Speaker: Mark Lewis
University of Victoria
Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 12:30 – 1:30pm (PST)
ASB 10900 (Big Data Hub – Presentation Studio)
In this talk I will discuss the genetic structure of populations subject to climate change and undergoing range expansion. The models and analyses are based on reaction diffusion and integrodifference equations for the asymptotic neutral genetic structure of populations. We decompose solutions into neutral genetic components called neutral fractions. The "inside dynamics" then describe the spatiotemporal evolution of these fractions and can be used to predict changes in genetic diversity. Results are compared with small-scale experimental systems that have been developed to test the mathematical theory.