Collins Conference Room
Working Group
  US Mountain Time

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Abstract.  During epidemics and insect outbreaks, local oscillations in population numbers have been observed to synchronize over large geographic regions. Understanding the causes of spatial synchrony in population biology is vitally important to the conservation and management of species and to disease eradication. Our working group will investigate the mechanisms regulating large-scale spatial synchrony in the historical record of US childhood diseases and gypsy moth outbreaks. We will discuss statistical techniques for determining whether large-scale spatial synchrony in these systems can be attributed purely to environment correlations and long-range dispersal or whether large-scale synchrony emerges, in part, from the collective behavior of localized population dynamics.

Research Collaboration
SFI Host: 
Jon Machta, Alan Hastings, Andrew Noble

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