Biodiversity: Mathematical Modelling and Statistics

Wednesday 14 June 2017 h.14:30, Room 2BC30
Anna Tovo (Padova, Dip. Mat.)
“Biodiversity: Mathematical Modelling and Statistics"

Abstract
Ecological systems are characterized by the emergence of universal patterns that are deemed to be insensitive to the details of the system. Such universality motivates the understanding of ecological patterns through mathematical models able to grasp basic mechanisms at work. With this talk, we will try to describe and analyze the elements that underlie these patterns as well as the patterns themselves from a mathematical point of view. In particular we will focus on biodiversity. Identifying and understanding the relationships between all the life on Earth are some of the greatest challenges in science. After a brief introduction aiming to define the basic concepts of biodiversity and its related patterns, we will see different models developed to predict and measure them. We will then tackle the problem of upscaling biodiversity through spatial scales and we will discuss some still open problems that interest the scientific community.
The seminar is intended for a general audience and it will thus be held at an introductory level.