What's a physicist got to do with 'ecological genetics'? Diffusion in population genetics and ecology

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

What's a physicist got to do with 'ecological genetics'? Diffusion in population genetics and ecology

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 19th January 2009
  • Speaker: Neelofer Banglawala (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

A population in the wild faces much randomness due to, amongst other things, its small size, the environment and competing populations. We can capture some of this randomness by modelling such a population and its interactions as a stochastic process. One such stochastic process is diffusion. Population ecology is concerned with the distribution of populations over space and time, while population genetics investigates their genetic structure. To fully understand the evolution and growth of real populations these two disciplines must come together. In this talk I will discuss an 'ecological genetic' model, highlighting one way in which diffusion features in population genetics and ecology.

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