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Visitors at NIMBioS in 2013

Short-term visitors to NIMBioS are supported for periods up to one week to assist their efforts in carrying out research that conforms to the mission of NIMBioS to foster research at the interface between mathematics and biology.
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Visitor/Sabbatical Archive


Visitor photo. Ariel Cintron-Arias (Mathematics and Statistics, East Tennessee State Univ.)

Project Title: Mathematical modeling of hepatitis B virus infection with therapy

Ariel Cintron-Arias is collaborating with Jon Forde and Suzanne Lenhart to explore a mathematical model of the dynamics of hepatitis B virus infection that accounts for therapy.

Visit Dates: December 16-20, 2013


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(Seated) Richard Hall and Ryan Norris, (Standing) Caz Taylor and Sonia Altizer

Sonia Altizer and Richard Hall (Ecology, Univ. of Georgia), Ryan Norris (Integrative Biology, Univ. of Guelph) and Caz Taylor (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Tulane Univ.)

Project Title: Migratory network theory: monarch butterfly declines and response to environmental change

These visitors are collaborating on a project to develop a mechanistic modeling framework to describe the population dynamics, movement patterns and phenology of migratory animals in a spatio-temporally varying landscape, and will ground truth models with Monarch butterfly data.
Visit Dates: December 9-13, 2013

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Publication: Taylor CM, Laughlin AJ, Hall RJ. 2016. The response of migratory populations to phenological change: a Migratory Flow Network modeling approach. Journal of Animal Ecology.


Visitor photo. Sandy Kawano (Biological Sciences, Clemson Univ.)

Project Title: Comparing linear vs. geometric morphometrics for studying phenotypic selection
Kawano is conducting a comprehensive comparison of existing computational methods for quantifying patterns of morphological selection.
Visit Dates: December 8-14, 2013


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(L to R) Preston Hewgley, Ivan Erill, Mike Gilchrist, and Patrick O'Neill

Patrick O'Neill and Ivan Erill (Biological Sciences, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore)

Project Title: Development of open source library for doubly intractable Markov Chain Monte Carlo problems in computational biology

Patrick O'Neill and Ivan Erill are collaborating with Mike Gilchrist and Russ Zaretski on a project to develop materials for use in upcoming HPC tutorial.
Visit Dates: November 21-26, 2013


Visitor photo. Roger Nisbet (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara)

Roger Nisbet visited with NIMBioS postdoctoral fellows and gave a seminar as a NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow Invited Distinguished Visitor
Visit Dates: November 19-21, 2013


Visitor photo. Brian Beckage (Plant Biology, Univ. of Vermont) and Sara Metcalf (SUNY Buffalo)

Project Title: Integrating human risk perception of global climate change into dynamic earth system models
Brian Beckage (left) and Sara Metcalf (center) are collaborating with Louis Gross (right) on a project to develop mathematical models that integrate human behavioral systems to ecological and climate systems in a coupled Earth system model.
Visit Dates: November 7-8, 2013


Visitor photo. Masakado Kawata (Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku Univ) and Watal Iwasaki (Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems, Graduate Univ. for Advanced Studies, Sōkendai)

Project Title: Modeling the evolutionary diversification of Anolis lizards
Masakado Kawata (left) and Watal Iwasaki (right) are collaborating with Sergey Gavrilets to build a model of the adaptive radiation of Anolis lizards.
Visit Dates: November 3-8, 2013

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Publication: Iwasaki WM, Gavrilets S. Under development (2015). Simulation program (source code open to public).


Visitor photo. Megan Powell (Univ. of St. Francis); Angela Reynolds (Virginia Commonwealth); Sarah Taft (US EPA)

Project Title: Development and analysis of appropriate mathematical models for understanding low dose anthrax exposure in vivo and in vitro
Front row, L to R: Buddhi Panta (Univ. of Tennessee graduate student), Sarah Taft, Judy Day. Back row, L to R: Angela Reynolds and Megan Powell
Visit Dates: October 23-25, 2013


Visitor photo. Aaron Miller (Biology, Univ. of Utah)

Project Title: Modeling the population dynamics of the mammalian gut microbiota
Aaron Miller (right) is collaborating with Chris Remien (left) on a project to model population dynamics of the mammalian gut microbiota.
Visit Dates: October 21-24, 2013
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Visitor photo. Katia Vogt Geisse (Mathematics, Purdue Univ.)

Project Title: Investigating the effects of the vaccine RTS;;S on malaria prevalence
Katia Vogt Geisse is collaborating with NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow Calistus Ngonghala on a project to develop a mathematical model for malaria that incorporates the vaccine RTS;;S.
Visit Dates: August 14-24, 2013


Visitor photo. Brian Beckage (Plant Biology, Univ. of Vermont)

Project Title: Integrating human risk perception of global climate change into dynamic earth system models
Brian Beckage will collaborate with Louis Gross on a project to develop models that link human behavioral systems to ecological and climate systems in a coupled earth system model.
Visit Dates: August 4-8, 2013


Visitor photo. Alda Pires (College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State Univ.)

Project Title: Modeling the transmission dynamics of Salmonella spp. in finishing pig herds
Alda Pires is collaborating with Cristina Lanzas on a project to develop models of Salmonella transmission involving high-shedding pig herds.
Visit Dates: July 28-August 3, 2013
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Visitor photo. Matthew Glomski (Mathematics, Marist College) and Olivia Brozek (Mathematical Sciences, George Mason Univ.)
Project Title: A structured model for Marburg hemorrhagic fever with infectious-deceased class
Matthew Glomski (left) and Olivia Brozek (right) are collaborating with NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow Calistus Ngonghala on a project to analyze a complex compartmental epidemiological model for Marburg hemorrhagic fever.
Visit Dates: July 24-30, 2013
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Visitor photo. Cécile Gotteland (Ecology, Univ. Lyon)

Project Title: From data to predictions of Toxoplasma gondii infections and environmental contamination in a rural site
Cécile Gotteland (left), Maud Lelu (right) and Xiaopeng Zhao (not pictured) are collaborating on a project linking biological data to a mathematical approach to predict parasite transmission.
Visit Dates: July 12-August 3, 2013


Visitor photo. Erin Bodine (Mathematics & Computer Science, Rhodes College)

Project Title: Math for the life sciences and optimal genetic augmentation models
Erin Bodine is collaborating with Louis Gross and Suzanne Lenhart to revise the Mathematics for the Life Sciences textbook and also working with Marco Martinez to determine optimal augmentation strategies for threatened populations.
Visit Dates: July 9-19, 2013


Visitor photo. Andrew C. Eller, Jr.

Project Title: Modeling Florida Panthers
Andy Eller, formerly with the South Florida Ecological Services Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is collaborating with NIMBioS staff member Jane Comiskey on a project to design and parameterize a spatially-explicit species index model for Florida panthers.
Visit Dates: June 21-July 2, 2013


Visitor photo. Jeremy Karnowski (Cognitive Science, UC San Diego)

Project Title: Variation in bottlenose dolphin signature whistles
Jeremy Karnowski (right) is collaborating with NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow Arik Kershenbaum (left) and UT Associate Professor of Psychology Todd Freeberg (center) on a project to analyze the structure of dolphin signature whistles.
Visit Dates: June 14-July 24, 2013


Visitor photo. Ruijun Zhao (Math & Statistics, Minnesota State Univ.) and Jemal Mohammed-Awel (Math & Computer Sci, Valdosta State Univ.)
Project Title: Investigating the control strategies of parasitic diseases
Ruijun Zhao (left) and Jemal Mohammed-Awel (right) are collaborating with NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow Calistus Ngonghala (center) to develop mathematical models to study control strategies of parasitic diseases.
Visit Dates: May 27-31, 2013; September 20-22, 2013

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Publication: Blayneh KW, Mohammed-Awel J. 2014. Insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and malaria control. Mathematical Biosciences, 252: 14-26. [Online]

Publication: Ngonghala CN, Del Valle SY, Zhao R, Mohammed-Awel J. 2014. Quantifying the impact of decay in bed-net efficacy on malaria transmission. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 363(21): 247-261. [Online]​

Publication: Zhao R, Mohammed-Awel J. 2014. A mathematical model studying mosquito-stage transmission-blocking vaccines. Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 11(5): 1229-1245. [Online]

Publication: Teboh-Ewungkem, MI, Mohammed-Awel, J, Baliraine, FN, & Duke-Sylvester, SM. 2014. The effect of intermittent preventive treatment on anti-malarial drug resistance spread in areas with population movement. Malaria Journal 13(1): 428, 21 pp. [Online]


Visitor photo. Benito Chen (Math, Univ. of Texas Arlington) and Maria Leite (Math & Statistics, Univ. of Toledo)
Project Title: Coupling discrete fire and insect outbreak disturbances in forests
Benito Chen and Maria Leite are collaborating on a project to develop a model to study the effect of fires on the pine bark beetle and pine plantations.
Visit Dates: May 18-25, 2013
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Publication: Chen-Charpentier B, Leite MCA. 2014. A model for coupling fire and insect outbreak in forests. Ecological Modeling, 286: 26-36. [Online]​


Visitor photo. Tom Currie (Human Evolutionary Ecology Research Group, Univ. College London)

Project Title: The evolution of social complexity: mathematical models of competing theories
Tom Currie is collaborating with Sergey Gavrilets to construct a mathematical model to assess alternative theories of the evolution of social complexity.
Visit Dates: April 14-17, 2013
Video icon.NIMBioS seminar:  War and space: Simulating the evolution of old world complex societies

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Publication: Turchin P, Currie TE, Turner EAL, Gavrilets S. 2013. War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(41): 16384-16389. [Online]

Presentation: Currie T. 16 April 2013. War and space: Simulating the evolution of old world complex societies. NIMBioS Seminar Series, NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. [Online]


Visitor photo. Karoun Bagamian (Geography/Emerging Pathogens Institute, Univ. of Florida), Mac Hyman, Math/Center for Computational Sciences, Tulane Univ., and Carrie Manore (Math/Center for Computational Sciences, Tulane Univ.)
Project Title: The evolution of social complexity: mathematical models of competing theories
Mac Hyman (pictured left), Carrie Manore (center) and Karoun Bagamian (right) are collaborating on a project to adapt an agent-based model for deermouse behavior and hantavirus transmission.
Visit Dates: April 10-13, 2013


Visitor photo. Visitor photo. Lisa Sattenspiel (Anthropology, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia) and Alan Swedlund (Anthropology, Univ. of Massachusetts).
Project Title: Modeling pre-Columbian demographic processes in the Long House Valley, AZ
Lisa Sattenspiel (pictured left) and Alan Swedlund (right) gave a seminar talk and collaborated to develop model structures for integrating population processes and environmental constraints at both household and individual levels, consider role of infectious disease in population change, and develop possible working group/workshop request dealing with these topics related to the Long House Valley project.
Visit Dates: April 10-13, 2013
Video icon.NIMBioS seminar:  Modeling the demography of a pre-Columbian Southwest US population: The Artificial Long House Valley (ALHV) project

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Swedlund A, Sattenspiel L, Warren A, Gumerman G. 2014. Modelling archaeology: 20 years after Artificial Anasazi. In Wurzer G, Kowarik K, Reschreiter H (eds) Agent-based Modelling and Archaeology, Springer, pp. 37-50.


Visitor photo. Gary An (Surgery, Univ. of Chicago School of Medicine), Reinhard Laubenbacher (Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech), and René Salinas (Mathematical Sciences, Appalachian State Univ.)
Project Title: Optimal control methods for agent-based models
Gary An (pictured left), Reinhard Laubenbacher (center) and René Salinas are collaborating with NIMBioS Sabbatical Fellow David Gurarie (far right), Suzanne Lenhart, Louis Gross and Andrew Kanarek on projects related to the Working Group on Optimal Control of Agent-based Models.
Visit Dates: April 1-3, 2013


Visitor photo. Patrick Ayscue (College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Univ.)

Project Title: Models appropriate for the study of pathogens exhibiting extra-host population dynamics
Patrick Ayscue is collaborating with Cristina Lanzas to develop pathogen-scale models in an ecological metapopulation framework.
Visit Dates: February 25 - March 1, 2013


Visitor photo. Ludek Berec (Theoretical Ecology, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Rep.)

Ludek Berec visited with NIMBioS postdoctoral fellows and gave a seminar as a NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows Invited Distinguished Visitor.
Visit Dates: February 25-28, 2013
Video icon. NIMBioS seminar:  Allee effects and pest control


Visitor photo. Kamuela Yong (School of Mathematics & Statistical Sciences, Arizona State Univ.)
Kamuela Yong gave a seminar talk and visited with faculty and postdoctoral fellows to discuss agent-based models for vector-borne diseases and to discuss ideas about modeling biodiversity in river systems.
Visit Dates: February 21-22, 2013
Video icon. NIMBioS seminar:  Estimating biting rates of triatomine on preferred sylvatic hosts in overlapping vector-host cycles


Visitor photo. Philip Maini (Centre for Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Institute, Univ. of Oxford)

Philip Maini visited with NIMBioS postdoctoral fellows.
Visit Dates: February 8-9, 2013


Visitor photo. Helene Muller-Landau (Center for Tropical Forest Science, Global Forest Carbon Research Initiative, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

Helene Muller-Landau visited with NIMBioS postdoctoral fellows and gave a seminar as a NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows Invited Distinguished Visitor.
Visit Dates: January 28-31, 2013
Video icon.NIMBioS seminar:  Species Coexistence and Spatial Patterns in Plant Communities


Visitor photo. Michael Bode (Botany, Univ. of Melbourne)

Michael Bode is collaborating with Paul Armsworth on a project to investigate the optimal resolution of spatial management in ecosystems with complex dispersal patterns in preparation for discussion at the NIMBioS Working Group Pretty Darn Good Control: Extensions of optimal control for ecological systems.
Visit Dates: January 25-31, 2013


Visitor photo. Kailin Kroetz (Resource Economics & Policy Lab at UC Davis)

Project Title: Direct democracy's role in species conservation
Kailin is collaborating with Paul Armsworth on a project to compare the effectiveness of conservation strategies that employ more democratic methods of control versus those that focus on a more centralized, top-down approach.
Visit Dates: January 23-28, 2013

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Publication: Kroetz K, Sanchirico JN, Armsworth PR, Spencer Banzhaf H. 2013. Benefits of the ballot box for species conservation. Ecology Letters. [Online]


Visitor photo. Dan Blumstein (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA)
Project Title: The relationship between group size and individual distinctiveness in vocalizations of songbirds
Dan Blumstein (center) is collaborating with NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows Arik Kershenbaum (left) and Amiyaal Ilany (right), in addition to UT Associate Professor of Psychology Todd Freeberg, on a project to explore the relationship between group size and individual distinctiveness in vocalizations of songbirds.
Visit Dates: January 15-18, 2013
Video icon.NIMBioS seminar:  The sound of fear: A journey from marmot meadows to Hollywood

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Publication: Kershenbaum et al. 2014. Acoustic sequences in non-human animals: A tutorial review and prospectus. Biological Reviews.

Workshop: Analyzing Animal Vocal Sequences. [Website]


Visitors work on-site at NIMBioS and may link the visit with a Working Group or other activity at NIMBioS. Visitors receive reimbursement for travel and housing expenses as well as a per diem.

Applications can include any type of interdisciplinary synthesis project, but NIMBioS particularly welcomes collaborative projects. Such collaborations might involve NIMBioS resident researchers or staff or local researchers; joint applications from two or more researchers to spend time together at NIMBioS; or applications from participants in other NIMBioS activities to work on their project with NIMBioS computational science staff.

Applications are considered four times a year, with deadlines on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Applications are evaluated in terms of both the scientific value of the project and the qualifications of the applicant. Particular priority is given to students and junior researchers.

For more information about short-term visits and how to apply, click here.



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