2014-15: ECOL: Opening Workshop: August 18-22, 2014


The workshop was held at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, a short walk from SAMSI.


The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the topics of the program and to identify research themes that will be developed in working groups over the length of the program.

Questions: email eco@samsi.info

Schedule and Supporting Media

Participant List
Speaker Titles/Abstracts
Poster Titles

Monday, August 18, 2014
Hamner Conference Center

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:45 Introduction and Welcome
8:45-10:00 Dynamic Multivariate Analysis for Biodiversity and Climate Change
Tutorial Lecture 1:
James S. Clark, Nicholas School of the Environment and Departments of Biology and Statistical Science, Duke University pdf  
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-12:15 Statistical Methods for Spatio-temporal Processe
Tutorial Lecture 2:
Chris Wikle, Professor of Statistics, University of Missouri pdf  
12:15-1:30 Lunch (Galleria)
1:30-2:45 Introduction to the Mathematics of Infectious Diseases Dynamics
Tutorial Lecture 3:
Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Simon A Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, Arizona State University pdf  
2:45-4:00 Wildfire and Forest Disease Prediction to Inform Forest Management: Statistical Science Challenges
Tutorial Lecture 4:
Charmaine Dean, Faculty of Science, Western University, Ontario  
4:00-4:30 Break
4:30-5:45 Correlation and Causation
Tutorial Lecture 5:
George Sugihara, Physical Oceanography Research Division, Scripps
Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hamner Conference Center

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:30-8:45 Registration
Session 1: Multivariate Inference and Prediction for Biodiversity Organizers: Alan Gelfand, Duke University
Jim Clark, Duke University
8:45-9:30 Using Statistical Models to Study Climate-Disturbance-Plant Interactions Andrew Latimer, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California Davis pdf  
9:30-10:15 Explaining Biodiversity Patterns, or How to Characterize an Elephant Allen Hurlbert, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina pdf  
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 The Implications of Climate Change for Tree Species Distributions in the Pacific Northwest Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, Department of Biology, University of Washington pdf  
11:30-12:00 Discussant: Philip Dixon, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University  
12:00-12:15 Open discussion
12:15-1:30 Lunch
Session 2: Ecology of Infectious Diseases Organizers:
Jennifer Hoeting, Colorado State University
Alun Lloyd, North Carolina State University
1:30-2:15 Models and Data for Understanding Transmission of Mosquito-borne Zoonoses Juliet Pulliam, Department of Biology and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida
2:15-3:00 Emerging Disease Dynamics in a Model Coupling Within-Host and Between-Host Systems Zhilan Feng, Department of Mathematics, Purdue University pdf  
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:15 Parameter Inference and Model Selection in Deterministic and Stochastic Dynamical Models: Modeling a Wildlife Epidemic Jennifer Hoeting, Department of Statistics, Colorado State University pdf  
4:15-4:45 Ecology of Infectious Diseases Discussant:
Chris Wikle, University of Missouri
4:45-5:00 Open discussion
5:00-7:00 Poster Session and Reception

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Hamner Conference Center

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:30-8:45 Registration
Session 3: Large Computational Models in Ecology Organizer:
Lea Jenkins, Clemson University
8:45-9:30 Examples of Large Integrated Hydrologic Models using MODFLOW-OWHM Randall Hanson, US Geological Survey pdf  
9:30-10:15 The Influence of Cognition, Individual Capability, and Social Interactions in Modeling Animal Movements Bertrand Lemasson, US Army Corps of Engineers pdf  
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Large Computational Modeling by USACE Jennifer Tate and
Matthew Farthing, US Army Corps of Engineers
11:30-11:50 Discussant 1 Don DeAngelis, US Geological Survey and Miami University pdf  
11:50-12:10 Discussant 2: Lea Jenkins, Department of Mathematics, Clemson University
12:10-12:30 Open discussion
12:30-1:45 Lunch
Session 4: Critical Thresholds and Resilience; Applications to Forest Degradation Organizers:
Lou Gross, University of Tennessee
Ron McRoberts. US Forest Service
Phil Dixon, Iowa State University
1:45-2:30 Overview of Mathematical Approaches to Resilience, Stability and Transitions with Particular Application to Savanna Systems Lou Gross, University of Tennessee
2:30-3:15 A Spatiotemporal Perspective on 30 Years of Forest Change as Viewed from Space Dan Hayes, ORNL pdf  
3:15-3:45 Discussant Ron McRoberts, US Forest Service pdf
3:45-4:00 Open discussion

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hamner Conference Center

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:30-8:45 Registration
Session 5: Spatial Ecology Organizers:
Jay Ver Hoef, NOAA
Lou Gross, University of Tennessee
8:45-9:30 Spatial Ecology Marie-Josee Fortin, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto  
9:30-10:15 Modelling Dendritic Ecological Networks Erin Peterson, CSIRO pdf  
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 First or Second Order? That is the Question Mevin Hooten, Department of Statistics, Colorado State University
11:30-11:50 Discussant 1 Jay Ver Hoef, NOAA pdf  
11:50-12:10 Discussant 2 Lou Gross, Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, University of Tennessee pdf  
12:10-12:30 Open discussion
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-5:00 Working Groups Formation Session

Friday, August 22, 2014

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
9:00-12:00 Initial meetings of Working Groups
12:00-1:00 Box Lunch
1:00 Adjourn