Simple and Complex Models: Their Roles in the Evaluation of Gene Drives

    April 22, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Washington, D.C., USA
Dr. Alun Lloyd
Department of Mathematics
North Carolina State University

Mathematical models are a widely-used tool to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of gene drives and other related biocontrol approaches. As part of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Gene Drive Modeling Conference Seminar Series, this presentation by Dr. Alun Lloyd focused on modeling work that has been carried out for several novel strategies, illustrating the use of a number of different models as the projects move along the path from theoretical proposals, through lab-based studies, to field deployment. Of particular note was the role of both simple and more complicated mathematical models at various stages of this process. Dr. Lloyd also discussed the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches, together with methods that can be used to quantify uncertainty in model predictions that result from uncertainty in model parameters.

The live online seminar was by invitation only.