2010 2011
Workshop on Mathematical Ecology
December 07  11, 2010
Symposium on Mathematical Ecology
December 13  14, 2010

Ecology is the science which deals with complex interactions between living organisms, individuals or groups, and their environment; physiological and behavioral variation; structure formation; movement of matter and energy between communities and the physical environment along with management and control of the resources. This makes interdisciplinary involvement inevitable as ecology opens up new and exciting branches for analytical and computational tools to be applied. The last few decades have witnessed remarkable application of mathematical techniques in explaining the complex interactions and the dynamical phenomena in ecosystems, and development of a new branch called "Mathematical Ecology"
The fiveday Workshop is intended for researchers with basic knowledge of mathematics and computational methods but interested in applying these to problems in ecology, and also for ecologists interested in enhancing their skill in mathematical modeling. The programme will consist of lectures and handson sessions on different areas of ecology, and introduction to useful software, modeling and data handling techniques. The twoday Symposium aims to engage scholars from all disciplines of science interested in crossdisciplinary dialogue through invited talks, posters, discussions and closer interactions with experts in theoretical and experimental ecology.
Participation:
Mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and biologists, with an interest in application of mathematical methods and modeling in different areas of ecology. Master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists are encouraged to apply.
Topics for the workshop:
Day 1: Two parallel sessions:
Session 1: Introduction of Mathematical Methods for Biologists
Basic Mathematics, Ordinary and partial differential equations, Nonlinear Dynamics, Graph Theory and ProbabilityStatistics.
Session 2: Introduction of Ecology for Mathematicians/Physicists
Ecology, Niche, Species, Population, Predator–Prey interactions, Food chain, Food web.
Day 2:Basic modeling techniques and Data Analysis
Day 3: Population dynamics and Stage Stucture Modelling
Day 4: Food web: Food Chain, Network, Metapopulation
Day 5: Optimization techniques in Ecology
Day 6 7: Symposium Invited lectures and discussions 