Press Release:

Impact of climate change on biological invasions and population distributions

The Banff International Research Station will host the "Impact of climate change on biological invasions and population distributions" workshop from May 12th to May 17th, 2013.

Our globe is experiencing rapid climate change. Ecologists and environmental biologists now focus much of their research effort on understanding current changes and trying to predict the impacts of future changes. Indeed, this has spawned new disciplines within ecology and environmental biology such as global change biology and conservation biology. What does mathematics have to offer these subjects? What new quantitative tools are needed? This workshop will develop and apply the mathematics of dynamical systems to understand ecological systems under climate change. The mathematical models are expressed as nonautonomous dynamical systems with spatial and stochastic components. The meeting will provide a synergistic research environment, where researchers that do not usually interact will come together and experience cross-disciplinary opportunities for developing and applying methods of dynamical systems to population dynamics under environmental change.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).

BIRS Scientific Director, Nassif Ghoussoub
E-mail: birs-director[@]