Maths Week Scotland: Red Squirrel Conservation in a Mathematical Nutshell

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Maths Week Scotland: Red Squirrel Conservation in a Mathematical Nutshell

 Sep 28 2021

19:00 - 20:00

Heriot-Watt University and Maths Week Scotland are delighted to welcome Professor Andy White to discuss how mathematics can  be used to help conserve the endangered red squirrel.

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The red squirrel is one of the UKs best loved species - but now can only be found in Scotland and Northern Ireland and in isolated regions in England and Wales. This talk will give a history of red squirrel persistence in the UK, describe how mathematical equations can represent the abundance, movement and interaction of squirrel populations and how this can be used to develop red squirrel conservation policy. You do not need to be a mathematical expert to enjoy the talk - which is suitable for all with an interest in mathematics and/or wildlife.


Professor Andy White (Heriot-Watt)
- whose research is focussed on applying mathematics to understand and manage wildlife systems - will explain the plight of red squirrels in the UK, how mathematical models were key tools in understanding the role of invasive grey squirrels and squirrelpox disease in the replacement of red squirrels, and how mathematics is being used to design forest management plans to conserve the remaining red squirrels in Scotland. The talk is suitable for adults and youngsters (age 10+) alike.

Timings (all BST):
19.00 - Introduction
19.05 - Public Lecture
19.45 - Q&A
20.00 - Event Ends

This online event will be hosted on Zoom. Ticket holders will receive an email on the day of the event, with instructions on how to join the lecture and subsequent Q&A.

Maths Week Scotland events and activity can be found at www.mathsweek.scot. In addition to the focal week (27 September - 3 October 2021) special events are hosted throughout the year. Follow us @MathsWeekScot for the latest information.