MS11 ~ Sunday, May 21, 1995 ~ 7:30 PM

Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics in Ecology

Although virtually all the important processes in ecology are nonlinear, and some of the initial discoveries of nonlinear dynamics were made in the context of ecological models, there has been a renewed interest in chaos and nonlinear dynamics in ecology. The speakers will discuss several problems in ecology, emphasizing the role that nonlinear dynamics and chaos play in the ecological problem under consideration. They will also discuss mathematical tools, such as analysis of nonlinear dynamics of difference, differential and integro-differential equations, both through simulation and analytical techniques. The minisymposum will illustrate some of the most important and exciting applications of nonlinear dynamical systems.

Organizer: Alan Hastings, University of California, Davis

Stochastic Chaos in Ecology
George Sugihara, University of California, San Diego
Complex Dynamics of Metapopulation Models
Alan Hastings, Organizer
Discrete-Time Growth-Dispersal Models
Mark Kot, University of Washington
Natural Selection in Varying Environments: It Pays to be Sexual and Discrete
Steve Ellner, North Carolina State University