2023 Mathematical Ecology Conference

Cathedral of Learning in the summer

Advances in Mathematical Ecology

June 1-2, 2023 at the University of Pittsburgh

Supported By 
the National Science Foundation (NSF 2304988) and
the Mathematics Research Center (MRC) of the Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh 

Conference Theme 

The goal of this workshop is to discuss the implementation of environmental fluctuations in ecological and eco-evolutionary models and effects thereof on the adaptation, migration, extinction, and immune response of species. The underlying motif for these discussions is to bridge the gaps between first-principle models and data-driven ecological models.

Presentations will encompass three main directions namely (1) the formulation of ecological models with environmental factors including best-practices to incorporate environmental fluctuations based on eco-evolutionary processes and experimental data; (2) the linkage between ecological models derived from first-principles and data-driven models, including advances in model-fitting methods; and (3) the analysis of ecological models that focus on the effects of environmental changes on a species adaptation, migration, and fitness. Methods to analyze problems in these areas include tools from dynamical systems, nonlinear analysis of partial differential equations, calculus of variations, probability theory, statistics, and numerical analysis. This event provides a platform for direct communication between ecologists and mathematicians, to advance the formulation of ecologically relevant questions and the subsequent discussion of mathematical methods to address these questions.

Broader Impact

The proposed workshop will promote collaborations across disciplines and researchers from mathematics, ecology, natural resource management, and evolutionary dynamics. Participants will include researchers and trainees from a variety of career stages, both from local and nationwide institutions. Invited speakers will be selected to promote equity and diversity across participants. Participation of under-represented minorities are specifically encouraged to apply. We invite all participants, especially graduate and postgraduate students to present their own research in form of posters, including a short presentation in front of workshop attendees before the start of the poster session. Financial support for participation is available, subject to approved funding (see registration link). With the speaker’s consent, slides and recordings from conference talks will be posted on the conference webpage to achieve an even broader dissemination of results and

Featured Speakers 

  •  Karen Abbott, Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University
  •  Erol Akçay, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
  •  Cameron Browne, Department of Mathematics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  •  Michael Cortez, Department of Biology, Florida State University
  •  Alexandru Hening, Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University
  •  Yun Kang, Department of Mathematics, Arizona State University
  •  Nicholas Kortessis, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University
  •  Amanda Laubmeier, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Texas Tech University
  •  Frithjof Lutscher, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Ottawa (Canada)
  •  Swati Patel, Department of Mathematics, Oregon State University
  •  Corinne Richards-Zawacki, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  •  Jon Rubin, Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh
  •  Susmita Sadhu, Department of Mathematics, Georgia College & State University
  •  Sebastian Schreiber, Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis
  •  William Wetzel, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
  •  Mark Wilber, Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  •  Xingfu Zou, Department of Mathematics, University of Western Ontario


The detailed program is available here.


Images of presented posters is available here.


The conference takes place at the University of Pittsburgh in Benedum Hall 157 (wheelchair accessible; Campus Map).


Financial support for travel and lodging is possible, subject to available funding. If you would like to be considered for financial support, please indicate this when you register. 

Click here to register for the workshop. The deadline to register is April 20, 2023. There is NO registration fee for this event.


We have a special rate with the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. Please click here to access the portal to book a room. Last day for reservations is Wednesday May 10 2023. 


For more information, please click here to email Dr. Sabrina Streipert, Dr. Jonathan Rubin, and Dylan Knapp-Scott.

Organizing Committee: Bard Ermentrout, Jon Rubin, Sabrina Streipert, David Swigon, and Martin Turcotte.