Brains and Frogs: Structured Population Models

Speaker: Kerry Landman

Date: Sat, Jul 16, 2011

Location: PIMS, University of Victoria

Conference: AMP Math Biology Workshop, 2011 IGTC Summit

Subject: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Science

Class: Scientific


In diverse contexts, populations of cells and animals disperse and invade a spatial region over time. Frequently, the individuals that make up the population undergo a transition from a motile to an immotile state. A steady-state spatial distribution evolves as all the individuals settle. Moreover, there may be multiple releases of motile subpopulation. If so, the interactions between motile and immotile subpopulations may affect the final spatial distribution of the various releases. The development of the brain cortex and the translocation of threatened Maud Island frog are two applications we have considered.