Modeling Structured Populations

From cancer cells to piscivorous fish, there is a remarkable diversity of biological systems where individuals undergo substantial changes during their life. Modelling the age, stage or spatial structure inherent these systems often results in quite different dynamics than unstructured models. But it comes with its own challenges that span from mathematical analyses, to statistical estimation, to biological experimentation. This workshop brings together researchers with diverse mathematical and biological backgrounds to highlight recent progress in these areas, to foster cross-disciplinary discussions, and to ponder some of the exciting directions the field may take in the future.

This workshop is funded by the Fields Institute, the Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution, the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, Distributed Compute Labs and Queen's University.

Workshop Schedule Social Activities

  • Queen's University
  • Kingston Waterfront. Photo: Greg Black
  • Lake Opinicon, Queen's University Bio Station. Photo: Janet Greenhorn
  • Biodiversity Centre, Queen's University Bio Station. Photo: Janet Greenhorn
  • Swallows at the Queen's University Bio Station


All talks will be held at Room 032A in the School of Medicine building (15 Arch St.). Breakfast, lunch and snacks on both days will be served outside Room 032A.

The June 27 Poster Session and Dinner Reception will be held at the Biosciences Complex atrium (116 Barrie St).

The June 28 Hike and Dinner will be held at the Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS), a 50-minute drive from campus. A school bus to QUBS will depart from the David C. Smith House at 1pm and the Residence Inn at 1:15pm to go to QUBS. The bus will leave QUBS at 9pm to return to Kingston.

Program Highlights

Keynote Lecture

Odo Diekmann
Utrecht University, The Netherlands


Speaker Institution
Julien Arino University of Manitoba, Canada
Cherie Briggs Univ. of California Santa Barbara, USA
Ottar Bjornstad Penn State University, USA
Clay Cressler University of Nebraska, USA
Patrick De Leenheer Oregon State University, USA
Dan Desjardins Distributed Compute Labs, Canada
Felicia Magpantay Queen's University, Canada
Nicole Mideo University of Toronto, Canada
Bill Nelson Queen's University, Canada
Andrea Pugliese University of Trento, Italy
Helen Wearing University of New Mexico, USA
Jianhong Wu York University, Canada


Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are invited to present posters at this workshop. There will be two prizes for the best poster presentation.