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Course Title: Stochastic Process Modeling for Ecological Processes

Schedule:  Wednesdays 4:30 – 7:00 pm at SAMSI, Research Triangle Park, NC. First class: August 27, 2014. No class during week of Thanksgiving: Wed Nov 26, 2014. Last class: December 3, 2014

Instructors: L. Miller, A. Lloyd, D. Adalsteinsson, J. Clark, A. Gelfand

Prospective Syllabus:

The central theme of this proposed course is the use of stochastic process models to introduce desired behaviors into models for complex ecological processes. Objective include both emulation and data analysis. Specifically, there will be a focus on (stochastic) pde’s for dynamical systems with application to invasive and emerging infections (Lloyd) and to dispersal and spatial effects in competition models (Miller). There can be demanding coding aspects to this work with the possibility of some flipped classroom “lectures” (Adalsteinsson, Miller). On the more statistical side, the emphasis would be on hierarchical modeling with examples of hierarchical models for inference on seed dispersal and pde’s for population growth (Clark) supplemented with space-time diffusions for invasive species (Gelfand). Model development here would be complemented with some computer labs in R.