Please note – this is an internal event and open only for LIDA colleagues to attend.
This seminar will be held in Room 11.09, Worsley Building, at 12.30 on Thursday 27th February 2020.
Work in Progress seminars are an opportunity for researchers in LIDA to work together to develop their own projects, and to contribute their expertise to other research projects happening in the institute. The meetings will feature several short, informal presentations outlining an introduction to a project, topic or problem for discussion and constructive advice.
Researchers working in LIDA are invited to either present or contribute to the discussion of work happening across the institute.
If you would like to present at the seminar, please contact Bethany Levick-Shortall.
As the Work in Progress seminars include work at an early stage, they are not open to external visitors.
Presentation: Simulation modelling to inform plant health policy
By: Dr Vincent Keenan, Mathematical Modeller, Plant Health Centre Scotland, & Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Strathclyde
Abstract: The number of non-native plant pests and diseases are entering into the UK has been growing exponentially and is directly related to international trade. There is no sign of trade slowing down, so what can we do about our invasive problem? The general strategy is to prevent arrival and prepare contingency plans if the pest or pathogen arrives and establishes.
Analysis of empirical data and simulation modelling using techniques such as maximum entropy modelling are used to determine the impact of any potential invader. This research is then translated into policy decisions to mitigate any ill effects from the invasive.
I’ll take you through a brief tour of my job and what it entails, who I interact with, and the challenges faced in this line of work. I’ll also take you through some cases I’m working on, or have been peripherally involved with that include: potential Emerald ash borer invasion of the UK, Potato cyst nematode infestations in Scotland, how to plant a forest (very briefly), some work we have been doing in India (potential future work).