We can predict the outcome of destroying habitats by modelling ecosystems using mathematics.
Mathematical Ecology is a largely unknown area of mathematics where we aim to model natural processes with the outcome of predicting the future of Earth. I study the way how animals move around their landscape and use their space. I consider their individual behaviours which drive their movements, such as searching for food, avoiding predators or staying around a nest. We can translate these behaviours into mathematics and create visual patterns of animals predicted space use over their landscape. This allows us to predict what happens if a species’ habitat is lost through human activity such as deforestation. These methods have been used to predict the movements of many animals and even humans. I will speak about the way I use mathematics in a way which is suitable for complete non-mathematicians. I currently research the movements of Long-Tailed Tits in the Rivelin Valley, Sheffield. I will be talking about applying the mathematics on this population.
Date(s) - 18/08/2019
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm
Merlin Lecture Theatre