Title

Newcastle Disease in Wild Parrots: Building a Model

Date

5-30-2013 11:40 AM

Location

Math and Nursing Building (MNB) 103

Department

Mathematics

Session Chair

Breeann Flesch

Session Title

Mathematics Senior Project Presentations 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Matthew Nabity

Presentation Type

Symposium

Abstract

We begin with a commonly known SIR disease mathematical disease model, and demonstrate the process of adapting it to a specific wild life population. Our model considers the “what if” scenario of a particularly virulent disease, specifically Newcastle Disease, finding its way into a species of wild parrots in the jungles of Peru. We find that population density along with two stages of the disease that respond differently in young versus mature birds, make this type of model especially challenging, but we expect it will lend itself nicely to future modeling situations.

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May 30th, 11:40 AM

Newcastle Disease in Wild Parrots: Building a Model

Math and Nursing Building (MNB) 103

We begin with a commonly known SIR disease mathematical disease model, and demonstrate the process of adapting it to a specific wild life population. Our model considers the “what if” scenario of a particularly virulent disease, specifically Newcastle Disease, finding its way into a species of wild parrots in the jungles of Peru. We find that population density along with two stages of the disease that respond differently in young versus mature birds, make this type of model especially challenging, but we expect it will lend itself nicely to future modeling situations.