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Simulations and Modelling for Biological Invasions

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  • Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Simulations and Modelling for Biological Invasions

PhD. Thesis Proposal by:

Ryan Scott

Date:   Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 3105, Lambton Tower

Abstract: Biological invasions are one of the leading causes of biodiversity loss worldwide. They can potentially cause severe economical damage by harming native wildlife, damaging or competing with food sources, or damaging man-made objects and structures. Generally, evolutionary questions pertaining to invasive species are difficult to answer using empirical studies of real invasive species because invasions happen over potentially large time scales and spatial scales. EcoSim, an individual-based evolving ecosystem simulation, was designed for such purposes.

I aim to use EcoSim to answer two major unanswered questions regarding invasive species. First, does genetic variation within an invasive population impact its ability to establish? Secondly, how does origin and invaded environmental variation impact invasion success. EcoSim has been modified to allow transplanting of individuals from different artificial worlds to answer these interesting theoretical questions.

Thesis Committee:     
Internal Readers: Dr. Alioune Ngom, Dr. Boubakeur Boufama       
External Reader: Dr. Daniel Heath 
Advisors: Dr. Robin Gras, Dr. Hugh MacIsaac    

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