Stochastic Approaches to Evolution

Gothenburg, 26-30 May 2007

Evolution remains Nature's grand example of interplay between Chance and Necessity. How this interplay may come about, in general, or in detail is the topic of this workshop on stochastic aspects of evolution, where mathematicians and biologists will meet.

This is a joint arrangement between the Stochastic Centre and the newly established Gothenburg Centre for Theoretical Biology.

Saturday the 26th will be arrival day, real work will start on Sunday morning and continue until Wednesday evening 30 May. Most activities will take place at the Jonsered Manor, close to Gothenburg.

The organising and programme committee consists of Patsy Haccou, Peter Jagers, Sylvie Meleard, Hans Metz, and Serik Sagitov. For information, please contact Peter Jagers,

Lecturers include:   
Ellen Baake (Bielefeld): Stochastic and deterministic aspects of recombination. Abstract
Julien Berestycki (Marseille): Mutation patterns for populations with very large families
Matthias Birkner (Berlin): Likelihood-based inference for multiple merger coalescents. Abstract
Nicolas Champagnat (Berlin): The limit of rare mutations in finite logistically regulated populations: including genetic drift in adaptive dynamics models. Abstract
Elena Dyakonova  (Moscow): Reduced branching processes in random environment.
Tom JM Van Dooren (Leiden): Evolutionary stability on phenotype landscapes. Abstract
Kimmo Eriksson (Mälardalen): Modeling coevolution of cultural capacities and cumulative culture
Alison Etheridge (Oxford): Evolution in a spatial continuum
Stefan Geritz (Helsinki): Trait substitution sequences as a model for discrete evolution. Abstract
Patsy Haccou (Leiden): Effects of deleterious mutations on the evolution of reproductive modes
Olle Häggström (Gothenburg): No free lunch? How Dembski abuses mathematics to discredit Darwinism
Christine Jacob (Jouy-en-Josas):
Semi-semi-Markov processes: a generalized renewal approach for individual based branching processes. Abstract
Peter Jagers (Gothenburg): Paths to Extinction
Fima C. Klebaner (Melbourne): How did we get here? Large Deviations approach to Galton-Watson
Amaury Lambert (Paris): Marginals, coalescence and sampling for 'general' branching processes. Abstract
Russell Lande (San Diego): Fitness in a fluctuating environment
Olof Leimar (Stockholm): Adaptation and diversification in fluctuating environments
Torbjörn Lundh (Gothenburg): Sympatric speciation under reinforcement. Abstract
John McNamara (Bristol): The importance of individual differences for games of conflict and the evolution of cooperation. Abstract
Bernhard Mehlig (Gothenburg): An accurate model for genetic hitch-hiking
Sylvie Méléard (Paris): Quasistationary distributions and diffusion models in population dynamics
Geza Meszena (Budapest): Fluctuation-induced niche segregation
J. A. J. Metz (Leiden): Attempts at a contribution to the post-modern synthesis: explorations at the interface between meso- and macro-evolution. Abstract
Martin Möhle (Düsseldorff): On the number of cuts needed to isolate the root of a random recursive tree. Abstract
Peter Pfaffelhuber (Munich):
The evolution of genealogical trees. Abstract
Andrea Pugliese (Trento): Evolution of pathogen virulence in a variable host population. Abstract
Jörgen Ripa (Lund): Adaptive Dynamics in Stochastic Environments
Serik Sagitov (Gothenburg): A bare bones model of evolutionary branching
Viet Chi Tran (Paris): A stochastic particle model of age-structured populations and adaptive evolution
Vladimir Vatutin (Moscow): Critical branching processes in random environment die slowly. Abstract
Anton Wakolbinger (Frankfurt): How often does the ratchet click? Facts, heuristics, asymptotics. Abstract

Further participants: Jean Bertoin, Anton Bovier, Anders Eriksson, Jose-Luis Garmendia, Karin Hårding, Erik Kristiansson, Bernhard Mehlig,  Andreas Nordvall Lagerås, Marita Olsson, Oskar Sandberg, Jeff Steif, David Sumpter,  Sofia Tapani.

Published: Thu 10 Aug 2017.