Sep 20

Kenan Lecture

Sam Patterson, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Mathematics at Carleton College will be giving a talk.

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
4:00 – 5:00 pm / CMC 206

Modeling Honey Bee Colonies

Much of the world’s food production is dependent on pollination by honey bees.  But the number of colony failures has sharply increased in recent years and the number of colonies worldwide is declining.  No single factor has been identified as the cause of these failures.  Rather, an interplay among a few factors seems to be killing the colonies.  Recently mathematicians have begun to develop models to identify which combinations of stressors may be causing the colonies to collapse.  This talk will explore a few of these models.

Sponsored by Mathematics and Statistics. Contact: Sue Jandro, x4360