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Spatial Science Scholar Series | “Spatial Distributions in Biological Physics: Examples and Invitations to Collaborate”
April 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
The Spatial Science Scholar Series, presented by the University/Research and Development Subcommittee of the USGIF’s St. Louis Area Working Group, and the Geospatial Innovation Center at T-REX, is a research-focused virtual ‘brown bag’ series designed to stimulate sharing and discussion of original research, scholarship, and creative work in geospatial and location sciences.
– This Month’s Featured Presentation –
“Spatial Distributions in Biological Physics: Examples and Invitations to Collaborate”
Presented by Sonya Bahar, PhD, Professor of Biophysics, Director of the Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri at St Louis
Dr. Sonya Bahar will give several examples of problems in biological physics in which spatial distributions are key to understanding an underlying problem. First, spatial distribution of foraging targets and animal foraging paths can be optimized to fit circumstances and terrain. After discussing several examples of this from the literature, she will show data for the foraging patterns of social groups of two monkey species that inhabit Sri Lanka. In a more theoretical study, a computational model of evolutionary dynamics can be analyzed using the distribution of organisms in a two-dimensional phenotype space. The spatial structure of the populations undergoes a critical phase transition as the population shifts from a state of extinction to a state of survival.