Modeling and Theory in Population Biology (24htp001)


(Stanford University)

(University of London)

Emilia Huerta-Sanchez (Brown University)

(Simon Fraser University)

(University of British Columbia)

Jennifer Foot (Stanford)

Maria Servedio (University of North Carolina)

John Wakeley (Harvard University)


This is a hybrid thematic program. Virtual seminars will begin on January 11, 2024 and the event will culminate with a hybrid workshop in Banff from May 19 - May 24, 2024. Please visit this link to view the full list of upcoming virtual seminars:

The Banff International Research Station will host the “Modeling and Theory in Population Biology” workshop in Banff from May 19 - 24, 2024.

The mathematical study of populations is a central component of such problems as the analysis of natural selection on favored alleles, the evaluation of the factors that affect the divergence of species, the prediction of the paths of epidemics, and the assessment of species invasions. Diverse problems in the biology of populations, in areas covering ecology, demography, epidemiology, evolution, and population genetics, rely on shared mathematical techniques. These connections have recently been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as researchers with backgrounds in diverse areas of mathematical population biology have built on connections of their work to the study of infectious disease to provide important and immediate epidemiological and evolutionary expertise concerning COVID-19. This Hybrid Thematic Program focuses on advancing the field of mathematical population biology, with an emphasis on building a strong community of researchers in the field. It develops scientific links between the mathematical aspects of ecology, demography, epidemiology, evolution, and population genetics. Further, it enhances mentorship and training in mathematical population biology, including for many trainees newly inspired by the highly visible role of the field during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta’s Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).