Conference: Montreal- Biodiversity Mathematics- Sep 16-20

for an evolving biodiversity

September 16-20, 2013
CRM, Montral ()


**Contributed talks and posters are welcome**

Hosted by the Center for Mathematical Research in Montral (Canada), in the context of MATH FOR PLANET EARTH YEAR 2013

Organizers :
Jonathan Davies (McGill),
Amaury Lambert (UPMC Univ Paris 6 and Collge de ),
Nicolas Lartillot (Montral)

List of invited speakers

Graham Bell (McGill University)
Troy Day (Queen’s University)
Rampal S. Etienne (University of Groningen)
Rgis Ferrire (Universit Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6))
Sergey Gavrilets (University of Tennessee)
Emma Goldberg (University of )
Luke Harmon (University of Idaho)
Stephen Hubbell (UCLA)
Steven Kembel (UQAM)
Mark McPeek (Dartmouth College)
Arne Mooers (Simon Fraser University)
Mark Pagel (University of Reading)
Todd Parsons (Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6))
Pedro Peres-Neto (UQAM)
Daniel Rabosky (University of Michigan)
Richard Ree (Field Museum of Natural History)
Liam Revell (University of Massachusetts Boston)
James Rosindell (Imperial College)
Mike Steel (University of Canterbury)
Chi Tran (Universit des Sciences et Technologies de Lille)
John Wiens (University of Arizona)

Conference agenda

This workshop will provide an overview of recent theoretical and methodological developments for modeling the complex dynamics that have shaped the structure of contemporary biodiversity. Theoretical work at the interface between ecology and studies will be presented, as well as its applications to empirical data. This will include mathematical and probabilistic modeling, statistical methodologies, and new insights obtained from biological data. Accordingly, the workshop will gather a variety of participants within the fields of probability, statistics, ecology and biology, and working on the following themes:

– Likelihood-based phylogenetic tests of macroevolutionary hypotheses, based on models of diversification patterns incorporating density dependence, heterogeneity among lineages and species selection effects, as well as various models of trait .

– Ecophylogenetics, and theories such as the neutral theory of biodiversity, for deriving macroevolutionary models of species distribution and turnover from first principles of community ecology.

– Adaptive dynamics and other models of evolving biodiversity, for linking micro-evolution and adaptation with global patterns.

– Probabilistic models of phylogeography, and their role in our understanding of biodiversity gradients.

You might also be interested in the workshop on ‘Mathematics and Sequence Evolution: Biological Models and Application’, organized by Mathieu Blanchette (McGill) and Herv Philippe (Montral), which will take place the following week, September 23-27 2013, in Montral, also in the context of the thematic semester on biodiversity and evolution organized by the Center for Mathematical Research: You may want to make the most of your time in Montral and attend both events.

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