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
Extending the theory about plant-soil feedback in the social network of trees.
In a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers mathematically describe the social network that creates and maintains forest biodiversity. The paper presents a general equation that characterizes the interactions of any tree-microbe network, whether it consists of two or 2,000 species, by a single number. The work was the result of the activities of a NIMBioS Working Group, including two NIMBioS postdoctoral fellows and a sabbatical visitor.
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