Mathematics of Human Environmental Systems (Online) (21w5191)


Mark Lewis (University of Victoria)

(Kwansei Gakuin University)

Simon Levin (Princeton University)

(University of Victoria)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Mathematics of Human Environmental Systems" workshop in Banff from January 25 to January 29, 2021.

This workshop will address emerging challenges in human-environment interactions. Ecosystem services are under threat due to human activities. We will model feedbacks between the environment and human behaviour with a view to illuminating the mathematical structures that govern interactions. Our goal is to develop methods that can suggest a path forward in improving the interactions between humans and the environment.

The workshop will include some existing case studies where theoretical models have been successful in suggesting a path forward such as vaccination strategies, deployment of antivirals, range corridors for wildlife, restricted shipping speed in areas populated by whales, with a view to expanding the role that mathematics and statistics can play in this endeavour.

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).