When: December 9, 2015, 2:00 PM
Location: 3rd Floor Orchard View Room , Discovery Building
Contact: 608-316-4401, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eco-evolutionary dynamics of niche-constructing populations
The study of microbial communities is one of the hottest frontiers in science, and there has been a growing aspiration to go beyond cataloging diversity or discovering facts about microbial communities and move towards quantitative, predictive, system-level understanding. I will discuss the fundamental challenges that mathematical modeling of complex systems faces and then ask whether lessons learned from more than a hundred years of modeling communities of atoms and molecules can be applied to studying microbial communities. I will present a simple model in which microbes can alter their environment, interact with each other, and evolve their interactions. Despite its simplicity this model exhibits several qualitatively different and surprising modes of eco-evolutionary dynamics.
All SysBioM (Systems Biology in Madison) sponsored talks take place on Wednesdays at 2p.m. in the 3rd floor Orchard View room of the Discovery Building. Talks are open to the public. Access to the room is via the elevator behind Aldo’s Cafe in the Northeast corner of the building.