ACEMS Public Lecture: The Mathematics of Evolution Within Species

Title: The Mathematics of Evolution Within Species

Speaker: Professor Robert Griffiths

Date: Monday 16 September 2019

Time: 6-7pm (Light refreshments from 5:30pm)

Venue: Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins Street Melbourne Vic 3000


Understanding the process of evolution within species is a fundamental topic in biology, but also in mathematics.

By studying and utilising the random nature of how gene frequencies change over time, mathematics has made significant contributions to our understanding of within species evolution. Moreover, these studies have motivated deep results in mathematics itself, for example in quantifying properties of random permutations.

This talk will give a non-technical overview of the two-way interaction between mathematics and population genetics.

This talk is targeted at a general audience, including high school students. No mathematical knowledge is required.

Refreshments will be provided 30 minutes before the presentation.

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About the speaker:

Professor Robert Griffiths is currently Emeritus Professor at Oxford University and Adjunct Professor at Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and has made significant contributions to mathematical population genetics, including in diffusion processes and ancestral inference.

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