[Amath-seminars] Boeing Distinguished Lecture Thursday: Mark Lewis

Randy LeVeque rjl at washington.edu
Wed Nov 5 17:39:34 PST 2008

Boeing Distinguished Colloquium in Applied Mathematics

Please join us for this talk and the reception afterwards.
More info and pictures: http://www.amath.washington.edu/events/boeing


Speaker: Mark Lewis, University of Alberta
Title: Dynamics of emerging wildlife diseases
Time: 4pm on Thursday, November 6, 2008
Place: Guggenheim 220 (the Auditorium)

Abstract: In this talk I will present recent progress in modelling the
dynamics of emerging wildlife diseases. I will focus on two examples,
one involving interactions between hosts (birds) and disease vectors
(mosquitoes) in the outbreak of West Nile virus, and the other involving
a "spill over" and "spill back" disease between net pen aquaculture and
wild salmon. The focus of the talk will be quantitative assessment of
the disease dynamics using dynamical systems, and the resulting interplay
between models and data.

Mark Lewis holds the Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology
at the University of Alberta. Dr. Lewis' research is in mathematical
biology and ecology, including modelling and analysis of nonlinear PDE
and integral models in population dynamics and ecology. Applications,
made to case studies with detailed data and biology, include: wolf
territories, spatial spread and impact of introduced pest species,
wildlife diseases, vegetation shift in response to climate change and
recolonization of Mount St. Helens.

Dr. Lewis obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1990
in Mathematical Biology. He was a faculty member at the University of
Utah until 2001, and has also held visiting and research fellowships
at Princeton University and Imperial College, University of London. He
is Past President of the Society for Mathematical Biology. He is Chief
Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Biology, and serves on editorial
boards of six other journals. His research has been recognized by a
Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Young Investigator Award (US NSF),
Killam and McCalla Professorships, the American Society of Naturalists
Presidential Award and the Lee Segel Prize.


Coming attractions:

* January 29: Claude Lebris, Paris
* February 12: Tom Hou, CalTech
* February 26: Carl Bender, Washington University
* April 9: Marty Golubitsky, Ohio State University
* May 7: Phillip Holmes, Princeton University
* May 21: Lloyd N. Trefethen, Oxford University

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