Mathematical Biology and Physiology Seminar (MaBPs)

This is a seminar to encourage mathematical research that helps us understand biology.

When: Spring Semester, 2014, Friday's, 12:00 - 13:00

Where: 114 McAllister Hall

Organizing Contact: Ying Yang

Participating Faculty: Andrew Belmonte, John Fricks, Chun Liu, Tim Reluga.

Mailing List: L-PSU-MABPS@lists.psu.edu (subscribe)

Next Talk

Date: May 2, 2014, 12:00 - 13:00

Speaker: Joy Zhou, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State

Title: Range shifts under climate change: what will accelerated warming do?

Abstract: Rapid climate warming has caused species across the globe to shift their geographic ranges poleward in latitude or upward in elevation. We naturally ask: will species be able to keep up with climate warming? To answer this question, I considered a mathematical model for a single-species population with distinct growth and dispersal stages. I incorporated climate warming by letting the niche curve, a curve describing environmental suitability for population growth on a spatial gradient, shift in one direction. The model can prescribe climate-warming scenarios and environmental heterogeneity in a versatile way. I compared different warming scenarios, and in this talk I will show that acceleration of climate warming imposes extra burden on the species.

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