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MATH IN NATURAL DYNAMICS

Fall 2021 taught as In Person

The MIND VIP will provide students with hands-on experience conducting research that transcends disciplinary boundaries between mathematics and ecology.

Conserving biodiversity in a changing world will require mathematical models to forecast ecological dynamics. The MIND VIP will provide students with hands-on experience conducting research that transcends disciplinary boundaries between mathematics and ecology. During this first semester, the MIND VIP will model spatial pattern formation using reaction-diffusion models. Our VIP will focus on reaction-diffusion equations in ecology and human-environment systems, including datasets related to sagebrush recovery after megafire, raptor population dynamics, and adoption of conservation practices by landowners,

Experience Gained

Students will also learn -new skills in modeling natural dynamics, including applications of mathematics and computer programming.

Methodologies and/or Technologies used to achieve project goals:

By learning how to collaborate, mathematics and biology students will gain experience in the authentic process of contemporary quantitative research. 

Majors and Interests Needed

Calculus and Introduction to Ecology are preferred prerequisites, however, we welcome students with an interest in the material at any level!

Coach Information

Dr. Matt Williamson is a conservation scientist interested in understanding how the interactions between people, their environment, and the institutions that govern them inspire (or inhibit) conservation action and how that impacts their effectiveness.

Dr. Jennyfer Cruz is an Assistant Professor in Population Ecology in the Department of Biological.

Dr. Donna Calhoun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

Dr. Trevor Caughlin is an Assistant Professor in the Biology department interested in seed dispersal, ecological restoration and landowner decision-making.

Contact: trevorcaughlin@boisestate.edu; Science Building, Room 115

Course Information

Full semester course.
Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits in VIP 200, VIP 400, or VIP 500
Team meetings TBD by participants.

Want to join the team?

For more information about this project and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Caughlin at trevorcaughlin@boisestate.edu OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you.  Check out this document for tips on contact a professor.

To register:

Search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section 031 of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number