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03/07/2008, 15:00 — 16:00 — Room P3.10, Mathematics Building
, Trinity University

Attenuance vs. Resonance of populations in fluctuating environment

A lingering question in biology has been whether periodic fluctuation of the environment would lead to attenuance or resonance. Such a question is of paramount importance in pest control and many environmental issues. To address this question and related issues, the speaker and Robert Sacker developed a mathematical theory, the theory of periodic dynamical systems. Its main tool is the construction of an associated discrete skew-product dynamical systems. An extension of the theory to unimodal maps with Allee effect is now under development.

The Mathematics Colloquium is a series of monthly talks organized by the Department of Mathematics of IST, aiming to be a forum for the presentation of mathematical ideas or ideas about Mathematics. The Colloquium welcomes the participation of faculty, researchers and undergraduate or graduate students, of IST or other institutions, and is seen as an opportunity of bringing together and fostering the building up of ideas in an informal atmosphere.

Organizers: Conceição Amado, Lina Oliveira e Maria João Borges.