When animals move in mysterious ways

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Time: 6:30pm

Watson Building Lecture Theatre A, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Tuesday January 24, 2017 6:30pm Tuesday January 24, 2017 6:30pm Europe/London When animals move in mysterious ways When animals move in mysterious ways, a talk by Jon Pitchford (University of York) Abstract Animals move, and it seems […] Event Link: https://ima.org.uk/4121/animals-move-mysterious-ways/

When animals move in mysterious ways


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When animals move in mysterious ways, a talk by Jon Pitchford (University of York)

Abstract

Animals move, and it seems logical that the mathematics of random walks might been useful to try to understand these movements.  I will give an overview of some fascinating insights, and one or two embarrassing failures, from the past decade or so.  These include the beauties of so-called Levy walks, which escape the statistical shackles of the Central Limit Theorem.  This turns out to be academically interesting in terms of the mathematics of behaviour and evolution.  Perhaps more importantly, exactly the same maths can be used practically in modelling epidemics and in describing the treatment of infectious disease.

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Image credit: The Great Migration river crossing by Thomson Safaris Tanzania Safaris and Kili Treks / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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