Animal movement and Memory (12frg155)


(University of Maryland)

Mark Lewis (University of Victoria)


The "Animal movement and Memory" workshop will be hosted at The Banff International Research Station.

Animal movements as diverse as migration, foraging, and territorial patrolling employ elements of memory and spatial maps. Despite the role of memory in animal movement, there are few mathematical models for how animal movement connects to memory. This Focused Research Group will a small number of experts in animal movement and mathematical modelling to develop robust and biologically realistic mathematical representations of spatial memory. By mixing top mathematicians and quantitatively skilled behaviorists together in the workshop, we expect to make good progress toward development of mathematical models that more fully capture the rich diversity of movement mechanisms that have evolved in nature.

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 US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologí255a (CONACYT).