Connecting Science and Math to Fight Bio-invasions
There has recently been dramatic success in using mathematics to solve problems in the life sciences. Results range from controlling infectious disease outbreaks to tracking and predicting the spread of harmful invasive species.
Dr. Mark Lewis, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology, is aiming to build on that success by using math to fight biological invasions. He is extending research that resulted in mathematical models for West Nile virus, disease transmission from fish farms to wild salmon, and mountain pine beetle infestation.
In addition, Lewis is developing new models to study dynamics, interactions and disturbances in river ecosystems.
Lewis’ research will have an impact not only on science, but on environmental management, policy and decision-making.