[PAST EVENT] Mathematics Colloquium: Yuan Lou, Ohio State University

November 15, 2013
2pm - 3pm
Jones Hall, Room 301
200 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Abstract: From habitat degradation and climate change to spatial spread of invasive species, dispersal plays a central role in determining how organisms cope with a changing environment. How should organisms disperse "optimally" in heterogeneous environments? The dispersal of many organisms depends upon local biotic and abiotic factors and as such is often biased. In contrast with unbiased dispersal which is better understood from theoretical perspectives, we have fairly limited knowledge of the consequences of biased dispersal, especially in the context of the spatial dynamics of interacting species. In this talk I will discuss some recent development on the evolution of biased dispersal via Lotka-Volterra two species competition models.

Professor Yuan Lou is an associate director of Mathematical Bioscience Institute in Ohio State University; he is the editor-in-chief of Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems Series B; and he is also an associate editor of several other journals including Journal of Differential Equations,
Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, and Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering.

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