Illegal exploitation of wildlife is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. Traditionally, actions to reduce poaching have focused on investing in law enforcement. However, recently, we have shifted a large amount of funding towards elaborate campaigns to reduce consumer demand for wildlife products. But which action is more efficient, policing or demand reduction? Using elephant poaching for ivory as an illustrative example, we will explore the dynamics and management of illegally harvested populations using techniques from classic dynamical systems theory.

About Statistics, modelling and operations research seminars

Students, staff and visitors to UQ are welcome to attend our regular seminars.

The events are jointly run by our Operations research and Statistics and probability research groups, and colleagues in the Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics.

Seminars are held on Tuesdays from 11am to 12pm in Room 67-442 of the Priestley Building (Building 67).

Information for speakers

Plan to speak for up to 40 minutes, and allow up to 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Pitch your presentation to an interdisciplinary mathematical audience.

To avoid technical delays on the day, contact us a few days in advance of your presentation to discuss requirements.

You can either email us your presentation in advance, or save it to a memory stick. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and PDFs are the most convenient file formats, but you can also run the talk from your own laptop.