Assisted Migration

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Great things about attending a scientific conference are the quick condensed information exchange and the conversations that ensue with colleagues.  Often I can learn things very quickly in this context, as I may attend 20-25 oral presentations each day.  It’s a bit of a brain fry, but well worth it. From these presentations stimulating discussions arise.

At lunch, I had an inspiring conversation with colleagues Pedro Quintana-Ascencio, Gordon Fox and Jessica Gurevich – all top notch mathematical modelers. I asked them about the plant conservation dilemma of moving plants – or what is sometimes called assisted migration.  As this is one of the topics for our CPC fall reintroduction symposium and book, I’m interested to gather as many ideas about this topic as possible.  A thought-provoking discussion ensued.