Established in 2008 with an award from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to find creative solutions to today's complex biological problems. The NIMBioS process and its results have united the forces of diverse academic communities, transforming the landscape of scientific research and education in the United States and the world. Read more »
My most exciting current research work is probably a project that was started during a Working Group at NIMBioS in Tennessee, looking at how interactions between pathogens can be disentangled from survey data.
Nik Cunniffe, Mathematical Biology, University of Cambridge
Classifying long transient dynamics.
A new paper published in Science by the NIMBioS Working Group on Long Transients and Ecological Forecasting proposes a classification system for ecological dynamics that persist over ecologically relevant time scales—dozens of generations or longer. In this review, the authors turn to dynamical systems theory to develop a classification scheme that categorizes the mechanisms underlying transients. The study also links empirical observations to simple prototypical models. The systematic framework described in the review could be useful for ecosystem management.
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